house work

In 1957 Nancy Martin staked out a humble claim to fame in an act both mundane and extraordinary — obtaining a mortgage to build her own home. Purportedly the first single woman to do so in Wellington, Nancy is listed on her mortgage as a spinster.

The forces of banking, gender politics, ghosts, and architecture flow through this project—their confluence made visible in Nancy’s house.

With a text by Pip Adam.

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Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015. Photo Shaun Waugh.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015. Photo Shaun Waugh.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015. Photo Shaun Waugh.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015. Photo Shaun Waugh.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015. Photo Shaun Waugh.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015. Photo Shaun Waugh.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015. Photo Shaun Waugh.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015. Photo Shaun Waugh.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015. Photo Shaun Waugh.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015. Photo Shaun Waugh.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015. Photo Shaun Waugh.
Installation view, House Work, Ann Shelton. A project for Enjoy Feminisms, Wellington 2015. Photo Shaun Waugh.
Photo Becky Nunes