Fiona Pardington | the artist
The artist Fiona Pardington
Born 1961, Devonport, New Zealand.
Lives and works in Waiheke Island, New Zealand.
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'Female Phrenology Buste: A Study in Gold' and other works
Fiona Pardington has been a graceful and elegant presence in New Zealand art since she first won the Visa Gold Award for 'Soft Target' in 1991. Nowdays there are few awards left to bestow upon her; she won the Visa Gold Award again in 1997, the Moet and Chandon Fellowship in 1991-2, the Frances Hodgkin's Fellowship twice (1996 and 1997) and was the inaugural Ngai Tahu Artist in Residence in 2006-7. Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts in 1984 she was awarded a Master of Fine Arts (first class honours) in 2003 and is currently working towards a PhD. She has featured in influential national and international exhibitions and is undoubtedly recognised as a leading figure of New Zealand photography…
Fiona Pardingtons fields of investigation have been psychoanalysis, medicine, voyeurism, memory and the body, the history of the photographic image and the nature of the relationship between the photographer and subject, particularly as it relates to sexual difference, through the ambiguities of a simultaneous solicitation and resistance. She is best known as a specialist in pure or analogue photographic darkroom technique, most notably hand printing and toning…
Fiona Pardingtons study of nests from the Otago Museum collection moves beyond conventional museological descriptions and references. Pardington builds on the information she is given – or in some cases details unknown – to create a profile for these humble nests. From a birds-eye perspective Pardington photographs her subject, and with empathy awards these taonga a voice, commanding silence so their stories can be heard…