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Dawn Woolley

PhD Work

Consumed by the Imagination: Food and Sex in Contemporary Consumer Culture

MA work

My work has a convoluted relationship with reality. I am torn between a desire to expose the falsity of the image and a quest for realism.

Images of myself are central to my photographs, though they do not characterise self-portraiture in a conventional sense. I depict my body as a medium through which I comment on self/identity. By substituting my real self for a two-dimensional image, I attempt to represent myself as an object; to diminish my body's power as an active agent and container of thought. In this sense my two- dimensional counterpart is a sacrifice for the gaze.

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  • Dawn Woolley
  • PhD

    School

    School of Fine Art

    Programme

    Photography, 2011–2017

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Fine Art

    Programme

    MA Photography, 2008

  • Dawn Woolley (b. 1980, RAF Wegburg, Germany) currently lives and works in Cardiff. She trained as a fine art printmaker, completing her undergraduate degree in 2001, before taking her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art in 2008.

    Recent exhibitions include: ‘Basically. Forever’, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and ‘Recollection', Ruimte Morguen Gallery, Antwerp (2014). Solo exhibitions include: ‘Visual Pleasure’, Hippolyte Photography Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (2013), Vilniaus Fotografijos Galerija, Lithuania (2012) and Ffotogallery, Cardiff (2011).

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art: Printmaking, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2001; MA Photography, Royal College of Art, 2008; MA Photography, Royal College of Art, 2008
  • Exhibitions

  • Young Portfolio Acquisitions, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Japan, 2005; I'll Be Your Mirror, Liverpool Biennial Independants / Primo Alonso Gallery, Liverpool / London, 2006; The Other Woman (Solo Show), Lighthouse Media Centre, Wolverhampton, 2006; solo exhibitions in Ffotogallery in Cardiff (2011) and Vilniaus Fotografijos Galerija, Lithuania (2012), South Square Gallery, Bradford (2009), and The Lighthouse Art Centre in Wolverhampton (2006); Failure/Success (Krakow Photomonth), Nova Huta Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland, 2007; “Start Your Collection” at The London Art Fair (2009); “My World: Visions of 21st Century Feminism” in the European Women’s Lobby, Brussels (2010); “Portmanteau” Halle 14, Leipzig (curated by G39 Cardiff); Young Portfolio Acquisitions, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Japan, 2005; I'll Be Your Mirror, Liverpool Biennial Independants / Primo Alonso Gallery, Liverpool / London, 2006; The Other Woman (Solo Show), Lighthouse Media Centre, Wolverhampton, 2006; Failure/Success (Krakow Photomonth), Nova Huta Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland, 2007