Australia-born, Toronto-based photographer Renée Munn is best known for her large-scale collaged portraits composed from multiple negatives using traditional film and darkroom techniques. Often self-reflective, her fragmented female portraits examine self-image, both real and imagined. Her artistic play on reality partnered with the physical assemblage of her collages manipulates time and space, allowing the viewer to transcend the frame and undergo the multiple dimensions of appearance and experience of oneself.
As a photographer Munn is interested in the expressive possibilities of the medium. In her work she explores numerous analogue and darkroom techniques such as double and triple exposure, photogram’s, combination printing and cliché verre to alter her figures and create a single image that is both real and fantastical. Her collages are finished painted with beeswax and resins and are exhibited unframed and tangible.
Munn has a BFA from Ryerson University’s School of Image-Arts in photography. Her fine art has been acquisitioned by both the Dean of Business and the Dean of FCAD at Ryerson University for their permanent collections. Subsequently her artwork has been accepted into the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Munn has been the recipient of several international awards for her fine artwork. In 2013, she was awarded 1st place in the San Francisco International Photography Exhibition at Gallery Photographica and 3rd place at Grand Prix de la Decouverte International Fine Art Photography Competition in Paris. She has participated in group exhibitions in Paris, New York, San Francisco and Toronto. This year Munn debut her first solo show titled The Looking-glass Self at the CONTACT Festival in Toronto.