Ann Shelton

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1967

Doublet (after Heavenly Creatures), Parker/Hulme crime scene, Port Hills, Christchurch, New Zealand

The shocking brick-in-a-stocking killing of Honora Parker by her daughter, Pauline, and Pauline’s best friend, Juliet Hulme, took place in Christchurch’s Victoria Park in 1954. Ann Shelton explains her interest in sites of violent events, both fictional and factual, as being about where myths are born and then ‘exported’ through film and literature.

The Parker-Hulme murder was the subject of the movie Heavenly Creatures, and this work creates mirror images of the infamous site. It is as though the paths, leading away from one another, represent the increasing separation of history and myth.

Shelton graduated from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1995 with a degree in photography. She has worked as a photojournalist and has done production stills for a number of films. Shelton currently lives and works in Auckland.