Born 1967 in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
Ann Shelton is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leading photographic artists. Her most recent work engages with plant narratives and histories, in particular the intersection of these histories with human knowledge systems. Shelton is interested in how the perceived power play between plants and humans can be questioned, redefined and modified through questions that urgently come into play as we move deeper into the era of the anthropocene.
Ann Shelton received her MFA from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, New Zealand. Her most recent museum survey, Dark Matter, curated by Zara Stanhope (Director, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Ngāmotu New Plymouth, Aotearoa New Zealand), was hosted by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in 2016 and toured to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū in 2017. Shelton’s work has been the subject of numerous international exhibitions, in addition to being included in Images Recalled, Germany’s largest photographic biennale.
Shelton’s work has been extensively written about and reviewed in publications including Artforum, Hyperallergic, Journal of New Zealand, Pacific Studies, artnet news, The Art Newspaper, the Evergreen Review. Her works are included in public and private collections throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and in the United States. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in Photography at Whiti o Rehua, School of Art Massey University. Her latest book mother lode was published in 2020 by Bad News Books, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. Shelton will have her first institutional solo exhibition in the USA at The Alice Austen House Museum, New York in 2024.
Artist Ann Shelton and critic Claire Voon in conversation about the artist’s current virtual exhibition “A Lovers’ Herbal” . They discussed the evolution of Shelton’s work and how her practice was affected by a visit to New York City in 2019.
Ann Shelton sits down with Emil McAvoy from Art Collector Magazine to discuss her new work The Super Model, Iris (Iridaceae sp.), showing at Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020 with Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland.
The physical garden was a live performance during Ann Shelton’s exhibition jane says at Denny Dimin Gallery from April 18 – May 19, 2019.