Year of Residency: June - September 2013
During her artist residency, Dr Fiona Pardington regularly opened her studio to students and visitors to view work in progress. These admirers had the unique privilege to gain an insight into how assembled selected ephemera are transformed, under to her artist gaze and technical skills, into large scale still life photographs, many of which referenced McCahon's still life paintings.
In her residency application Dr Fiona Pardington proposed “He Whakaotia: An Answering Hark”. Her application referred to synergies between her interests and McCahon’s, in particular with his identification with the local landscape and flora, and the way he used simple objects as transcendental motifs. During her residency Dr Pardington collected garden specimens (directly from McCahon’s former property next to the residency), flotsam and jetsam from personally significant coastal environs, and sourced bowls, candlestick holders and other material to collate into a suite of still life images.
“The vessels are sourced in second hand and charity stores and are serendipitous finds, operating much like the surrealist and dada objet trouve.” Dr Pardington Residency Application 2012
The resulting works are emotionally charged, technically awe-inspiring photographs evocative of baroque large-scale still-life paintings. This body of work will be incorporated to a publication featuring an extended body of Fiona Pardington’s still life photographs.
Dr Pardington is represented by Two Rooms Auckland.
She an outstanding New Zealand contemporary photographer, and received the Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2011.
She has received many fellowships, residencies, awards and grants including the Moet & Chandon Fellow (France) in 1991-92, the Frances Hodgkins Fellow in both 1996 and 1997, the Ngai Tahu residency at Otago Polytechnic in 2006.
Born in Devonport, New Zealand and of Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Scottish descent. She completed her Doctor of Fine Arts at Elam, School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.
A selection of works created during the residency Two Rooms
Pardington's post residency exhibition Pah Homestead April 2014
To view Pardington's current production of photographic images visit Pardington's blogspot
Updated January 2016
Pardington's upcoming exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery - A Beautiful Hesitation.
Opening March 2015. The show was last exhibition at City Gallery in 2015. The show was last exhibited at City Gallery Wellington (Aug-Nov 2015) and it was her largest solo show ever shown in a public gallery.