Ann Shelton (b. 1967, New Zealand) received her MFA from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand and exhibits internationally. Her most recent museum survey, Dark Matter, was curated by Zara Stanhope (now at the Gallery of Modern Art, QAGOMA) for Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in November 2016 and toured to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū in December 2017. A catalog accompanied the exhibition with essays by Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Ulrich Bauer, Donna West Brett, Dorita Hannah and John Di Stefano, and Dr Zara Stanhope. Ann Shelton is represented by Denny Dimin Gallery in the United States, where she recently had her first solo exhibition in North America at their New York location. Her most recent body of work, jane says, has been exhibited at twelve galleries and institutions worldwide and the accompanying performance, The physical garden, has been performed a further eleven times. Shelton’s work has been extensively written about and reviewed in publications including Hyperallergic, Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies, artnet news, The Art Newspaper, Galerie Magazine, and the Evergreen Review. Her works are included in public and private collections throughout NZ and in the US.
Shelton’s most recent research is manifest though plant-based photographic constructions engaging plant, gender focused, and anthropogenic narratives or histories, in particular the intersection of these histories with human knowledge systems and or with feminisms. For Shelton making photographs comes with a complex potential agency and set of overwhelming ethical and moral margins that are at the heart of the medium’s difficult ontology. Combining photography, performance, doubling, spoken, textual and printed matter to open up what can be critiqued as the seamless, closed and singular nature of photographic objects, Shelton employs these interventions in an attempt to question and to complicate the singular status of photographic meaning, rendering her images more mobile, multiple, insecure and stammering.
Shelton is Honorary Research Fellow in Photography at Whiti o Rehua, School of Art, Massey University, Te Kunenga ki Pürehuroa.