Event

Artist Talk: Ann Shelton

Talk

  • Saturday, 16 December 2017 / 2pm
  • Meet at the front desk
  • Free
Ann Shelton The Scarlet Woman, Valerian (Valeriana sp.) from the series jane says. 2015–ongoing. Pigment print

Ann Shelton The Scarlet Woman, Valerian (Valeriana sp.) from the series jane says. 2015–ongoing. Pigment print

Join artist Ann Shelton as she discusses the shifting narratives of her work on the exhibition’s opening day.

Dark Matter represents the conceptually based photography of Ann Shelton. Presented in series, Shelton’s work spans identity and reality within a feminist form of socio political expressionism, where the realm of womanhood is observed through a mindful, rigorously determined and ever expanding lens. 

Exhibition organised by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

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

Commentary
Representing Women: Ann Shelton’s Dark Matter

Representing Women: Ann Shelton’s Dark Matter

What is ‘dark matter’? For theoretical physicists it is matter that cannot be directly observed but whose existence is nevertheless scientifically calculable –  productively present yet simultaneously invisible. In a similar vein, the everyday phrase ‘dark matter’ describes objects, conditions and situations that harbour unease or trauma. Trauma that is often concealed, repressed, or buried. Both definitions are active in Ann Shelton’s mid-career review exhibition Dark Matter, and they provide a rich point of entry into this compelling collection of her photographic work. These are photographs that bristle with intensity and refuse to let their subjects die a quiet archival death.

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