AMBruno Artists: Shelley Rae

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Shelley Rae


I enjoy making books that emphasise the relationship between the still photograph and the moving image, and that blur the boundaries between fact and fiction through the use of fragmented pictures and text.

My books, photographs and videos play with the idea of documentation. In my work, I am challenging the viewer to become aware of the fact that everything (imagery) is mediated. I wish to create a rupture, to force the viewer into an oppositional position, and then ask that they question the authority/creation/veracity of my work, and in other images, leaving the viewer to complete the narratives with personal associations and experiences.

Shelley Rae

Shelley Rae was born in Flint, Michigan, U.S.A. and received a MA in Fine Art from Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London. Her photobook Perseveration was recently featured on the Self Publish Be Happy website and photographs were published in Abridged magazine and the book The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art by Demeter Press.

Shelley has exhibited photographs, video and installation work internationally in Germany, Italy and the United States. Group exhibitions and screenings include Preview Berlin Art Fair, the East Wing VIII Collection at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and A.I.R Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Shelley lives and works in London.

The Dividing Line  by Shelley Rae

Shelley Rae, The Dividing Line (2013)
Edition of 5. Digital printing, saddle stitch binding.

The Dividing Line, which is part of AMBruno's Lines collection, refers to irrational
boundaries that countries erect, which divide and rupture our own minds and
sensibilities. In this book, I photographed the text from a fictional case study. The
broken narrative alludes to America's forced segregation / Jim Crow laws from the

Persecuted Heroine 501B by Shelley Rae

Shelley Rae, Persecuted Heroine 501B (2013)
Black and white photograph digitally printed.

Persecuted Heroine 501B is part of AMBruno's I'm telling you stories. Trust me collection of limited edition prints. In Shelley Rae's photographs, childhood memory and make-believe form an uncanny presence amongst darker themes of abandonment and fear. Persecuted Heroine 501B alludes to traditional folklore categorised by the Aarne-Thompson tale type index. It was shot on discontinued Kodak infrared film, transforming into an archival holder of narrative and history.

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