Bio: Iona was born in Ayrshire. She studied Fine Art Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (1991-1995). Then went on to study at SNDO School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam (1996-1998) and later Cirkuspiloterna (renamed DOCH), Stockholm (2003-2005). She has been performing her solo works and choreographies internationally for 25 years and lived most of that time based abroad.
Iona is a former dancer with Wim Vandekeybus -Ultima Vez and Alain Platel- Les Ballets C de la B. Her company ‘Knights of the Invisible’ was established in 2009 with musician Joseph Quimby. The next work will premiere In France, December 2021. Throughout the years she has been continually drawing and painting, specialising in large scale detailed pencil works. They are surreal, figurative worlds of dreaming and reinventing layers of ideas through hyper realism.
Iona searches for a clarity of vision through enlightened thinking, stimulated by dance states and physical movement. Her subject matter looks from the inside out, playing with the interconnected rhythm of line and shape. The body and its capacity for change, its limits, mental focus and physical energy have always been a working fascination. To challenge, or indeed, to become the idea in performance or visual art. The theatre of life and its detail beyond the edges into new ground. To see anew.
Aside to her main visual art works, she also makes more traditional pieces from places encountered, landscapes and nature. They search for a physical energy within the style and mood within the colours.
Medium: Oil pastel and pen on paper
Dimensions: 60 x 42cm
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