I. Bodies of Work

the missionaries

The Banshee, Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha), 2017

2018

Shelton’s new images explore the powerful relationship between colonisation, nationalism and plants in the context of Aotearoa. In a kind of contrived bouquet garni set against the musty colour palette of the Arts and Crafts movement, these domestic botanic epitaphs engage with the reasons emigrants brought plants with them, why they went to elaborate ends to preserve them on their long journey, and the consequences of their interventions.

Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
The Dowager, Pine (Pinus radiata) 2017, Ann Shelton. Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
The Banshee, Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha), 2017 Ann Shelton. Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
The House Keeper, Broom (Cytisus scoparius) 2017, Ann Shelton. Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
The Suffragette, Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) 2017, Ann Shelton. Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
The Governess, Darwin’s Barberry (Berberis darwinii) 2017, Ann Shelton. Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
The Land Girl, Macrocarpa (Cupressus macrocarpa) 2017, Ann Shelton. Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
The Seamstress, Dock (Rumex obtusifolius L) 2017, Ann Shelton. Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
The Debutante, Pink Ragwort (Senecio glastifolius) 2017, Ann Shelton. Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
Installation view, Two Rooms, 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett