Freya Dooley obtained a first class BA Hons in Fine Art from the Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2011, and in 2017 was a participant in The Syllabus, an alternative learning programme jointly delivered by seven UK arts organisations. She works with text, moving image, sound, installation and performance. The voice and words play an integral role in Dooley’s artistic practise. They often take the form of monologues or layered sound works accompanied by film or performance. Her work employs intimate thoughts, literature and pop culture references to attempt to articulate anxious or unstable narratives.
In ‘Speakable Things’, 2018, the artist juxtaposes fragmented imagery with a spoken narrative and soundtrack elaborating the well-known story of the mythological nymph Echo. The work connects contemporary public figures such as Britney Spears with classical archetypes who have literally or figuratively lost their voices. ‘Speakable Things’ offers a complex meditation on the voice as conduit for the interior/exterior, body/mind, personal/public. Literary texts are interspersed with images of lip-syncs and wild landscapes, and explores the representation of women as figures of ruin in popular culture.
In ‘Being Sharon’, 2018, a collaborative project with Cinzia Mutigli, they explore the hidden social codes and flattened politics of soap operas through spoken performance and film. The work is an ongoing exploration of soap operas as a means to create an alternate fictional spectacle of the mundanity of everyday life.