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Fiona Pardington to exhibit in Wellington at NZ Festival

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Stilling the Glance: A Selection of Works from the McCahon Residency

Fiona Pardington’s work undertaken during her 2013 Colin McCahon Artist’s Residency is highly seductive and strikingly surreal. Her images of carefully composed tableaux of sourced objects, dramatically lit against dark backgrounds, emit an energy comparable to McCahon’s own spiritually intense paintings.

In response to the local landscape, Pardington’s ambiguous and allegorical works include flowers from McCahon’s garden and dried e-ihumoana (Portuguese man-o’-war) from the coast. Skulls, candles and crystal, in the tradition of the vanitas painting, combine with handcuffs and a gilded dildo – an erotic element recurs through Pardington’s art practise, as do themes of memory, collecting and the history of the photographic image.

Fiona Pardington holds a PHD in photography from the University of Auckland. Born in Devonport, New Zealand and of Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Scottish descent, she has received many fellowships, residencies, awards and grants including an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award.

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Stilling the Glance: A Selection of Works from the McCahon Residency
20 February – 22 March 2014
Opening 530-730pm, Thursday 20 February 2014

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