Led by an interest in iconoclasm, Dean’s practice addresses conflicting ideologies surrounding representations of the divine. Seeking to establish connections between the ways in which societies have depicted religious belief, she combines the features of divergent practices from East to West to create work with a contemporary spiritualism. Dean explores the grotesque, beauty and repulsion interminglein her canvases. Figures become decontextualized, ambiguous, anonymous forms that hover in space. The body stripped of its individual identity becomes a vehicle for exploring shared fears and experiences.Using ecclesiastic paintings as her point of departure, Dean’s work focuses on using light and patterning, and oldmaster oil painting techniques to retell ecclesiastic narratives that encompass female and eastern viewpoints and question what it is we will choose to leave behind.