Dowling’s practice as a photographic artist is participatory and rooted within portraiture. It is concerned with human behavior, an exploration and observation of how people communicate and relate to each other and the places they live. Her work is not specific to one time or place, projects become multi-layered, often happening in several countries, during which she builds connections across communities, societies and cultures. Working closely with her subjects she explore the ways in which we represent ourselves. Projects also concentrate on our sense of place, relationships, family and community. Central to her practice is the role that photography plays in daily life as a means of expression and representation. Recent commissions and residencies have centered on interaction, communication, objects and journeys within cities.
Dowling has worked on commissions, projects and residencies in many countries including with LACMA, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, Belfast Exposed, The Courtauld Gallery, Tate and Barnardo’s.
Marysa’s Q & A
What do you like?
Travel, actually lots of travel, stories, music, Karate, exploring.
What don’t you like?
Bring stuck in one place, not being able to make photographs, tuna.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
Exploring the world, working with and meeting people I wouldn’t get to meet in any other circumstances, being able to travel to make my work at the same time.
If you could have any artwork in your house, what would it be?
Marysa’s work www.marysadowling.co.uk
Marysa’s work for Children’s Art School