About

b. 1986, HK.

 Standing in my late grandparents' front yard (Ireland, circa 1986) with Slieve Foy and the mythologically charged Cooley mountains in the background. 

Standing in my late grandparents' front yard (Ireland, circa 1986) with Slieve Foy and the mythologically charged Cooley mountains in the background. 

 

SEAN RAFFERTY

Collecting, mapping and archiving are the foundational processes of my practice. Over time my collections and their materials have themselves become ongoing projects that I catalogue, write about, and arrange for presentation in a variety of formats including installations and print works. These collections are also resources that I draw upon to make works including dioramas, videos, paintings, and light-based works such as solar photograms.

Through my practice I examine places - their topographies, mythologies, histories and landscapes - and how they are represented in cinema, literature, painting, and ephemera including packaging. I have a particular interest in agricultural regions; one of my current, ongoing collections is of Australian fruit and vegetable cartons, which I identify as markers in the land that have the potential to convey mystic truths about places and their people.

I was born in 1979 in Galway, Ireland, and moved to Australia at age 6. I now live on Gadigal land in the Eora Nation (aka Sydney).