Freya Dooley’s work combines literary and pop cultural references to create unstable semi-fictions and dense soundtracks. Often referring or returning to anxious states, her work attempts to articulate an inside turned out.

‘The Host’, a new multi-screen audio-visual work, takes Mark Twain’s 1876 short story A Literary Nightmare as it’s departure point, in which the protagonist is tormented by an earworm jingle and only finds relief by passing this affliction on to an unwitting audience. Elaborating on the real and imagined experiences of a reluctant host to dream-like states, stubborn parasites and repeated riffs, Dooley explores the effects of listening on our emotional and physical states.

The song settles inside of the body it borrows deviates from existing literary narratives to explore the potential and limitations of the voice, consumed bodies and occupied minds.

About the artist

Freya Dooley is an artist based in Cardiff. She works with writing, moving image, sound and performance. She is interested in the voice as a conduit between sound and language, thought and body. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include ‘Somewhere in the crowd there’s you’ at Eastside Projects in Birmingham. Running concurrently with ‘The song settles inside of the body it borrows’, both projects are supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

Freya also shares a collaborative practice with artist Cinzia Mutigli, and their performance ‘Being Sharon’, about their lives intertwining with their favourite soap operas, was commissioned by Experimentica in 2018. Dooley recently received a Jerwood Visual Arts bursary and is shortlisted for the Kleinwort Hambros Emerging Artist Prize, 2019. Other recent solo commissions include ‘Speakable Things’, Oriel Davies, Powys, 2018; and ‘Rhythms and Disturbances’, g39, Cardiff, 2016.