In her work Mara seeks to invite the viewer to examine their own ideas, exploring the unseen links which we feel as humans, to family, community and place. Her work is both personal, drawing from her own life and experiences, and universal as it looks at themes common to what it means to be human. Working with analogue and digital techniques, still and moving images, she seeks to blend narrative and fantasy to produce symbolic art with layered meaning. When creating her work she is constantly asking, ‘What if?’, thus adding an aspect of speculation, and moving the images away from pure documentary.
Mara is based in the North East of England and was awarded an MA in Photography with Distinction by the University of Sunderland in 2016.