artist statement

Imbued with tenderness and intimacy, Iona’s introverted practice documents personal narratives through the framework of psychlore - a structure through which folkloric storytelling is implemented as a way to process, confront and discuss the self and the psyche. In this sense, Iona embraces the role of storyteller - reclaiming and validating the performance of storytelling as a historically psychologically-charged, women-led practice. 


Her works convey a rich emotional and spiritual landscape and often function as portals into both internal and othered spaces. Iona’s practice is highly apotropaic - a word that describes the act of warding-off, blocking, protecting and counteracting. The apotropaic is reflected in her cathartic processes, which often involve gestures of care, the labor of love and self-comforting rituals.

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