Tamara Dean’s personal works delve into themes of ritual, intimacy and femininity set within the contemporary Australian landscape. Dean’s beginnings were in the ephemeral yet intimate portrayal of her immediate youth documenting her relationships living on the cultural fringe and her transient lifestyle. Later her documentary work would delve deeper into subcultures, social rituals and portraiture which continue to inform ongoing themes in her evolving photographic practice.
Dean’s works have been exhibited at leading Australian galleries including ‘Inheritance’, Australian Centre for Photography 2009, ‘Sydney Now – New Australian Photojournalism’, Museum of Sydney, 2007; Stills South and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Dean’s art practice has seen her awarded artist residencies with Taronga Zoo, Sydney in 2010, Montsalvat artists colony in Victoria in 2010 and in the remote gold-mining town of Hill End, NSW in 2005, 2008 and 2010.