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This Is Where I Live: A Self Portrait

This Is Where I Live
A Self Portrait By Fleur Wickes

Fleur Wickes in her workroom, with photo “Tracey with a hole in her throat”. [Tracey Arnold]


Fleur Wickes: photographer, writer, mother, renaissance woman. And now on sale.

Fleur Wickes, cutting edge portrait photographer, presents a show that combines photographic artwork, objects she treasures, and visual poems – installed within the rooms of her own home – to produce a very personal self-portrait.

“The objects I choose to surround myself with in my most intimate spaces – my bedroom, kitchen, bathroom – say just as much about me as the photographs I make. The kimono I wear, the lamp I read by, the cushions I lean against. For seven days, all of this, as well as my photographs, will be on show. And all of it will be for sale.”

“I gave birth to my son in this house. I grieved for the loss of my marriage here, and made some of the best artwork of my life. I wanted to show my latest photographs in the environment in which they were made, surrounded by the objects which In happiness and sadness I have chosen to represent me.”

At 38, Fleur has led a full life. 2009 marks her 20yrs as a photographer - she has carved a niche for herself as New Zealand’s best portrait photographer, working with . She completed Bill Manhire’s famous Creative Writing Course at Victoria, and has been published in NZ Literary Magazine, SPORT. When she renovated her house in 2002, the result was featured in a 6 page spread in NZ House and Garden magazine. She has combined all of this with a deep commitment to her family of four step children, and her onw son, David.

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In this exhibition, Fleur, for the first time, is combining all her talents.

“I feel I’m really opening myself up, laying myself on the line, with this show. At the same time, I am standing my ground and for the first time in my life saying, THIS is who I am. Its a very liberating feeling”.



VENUE 32 Carlton Street, Melrose, Wellington
PREVIEW 6.30-8pm Sunday 15th February @ Carlton Street
DATES Monday 16th Feb to Sunday 22 Feb, 10am-6pm


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