Born 1967 in Timaru, New Zealand. Lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
Ann Shelton’s 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 art–questions that urgently come into play as we move deeper into the era of the anthropocene. Shelton’s work has been the subject of numerous international exhibitions, in addition to being included in Images Recalled, Germany’s largest photographic biennale.
Ann Shelton is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading photographic artists. Shelton completed a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia (2001), Vancouver and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1995) from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University. In 2016 Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki developed the major mid-career survey exhibition Dark Matter: Ann Shelton curated by Zara Stanhope, which toured to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū in 2017. Recent exhibitions include jane says, Denny Dimin Gallery, New York (2019), Invisible Traces, Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain curated by Mercedes Vicente (2014), in a forest (excerpts), The Australian Center for Photography, Sydney, Australia (2012), Dark Sky at The Adam Art Gallery, Wellington curated by Geoffery Batchen and Tina Barton (2012), Images Recalled (Bilder auf Abruf), Germany, Tobias Berger and Esther Ruelfs (2009), and a way of calling at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne curated by Melissa Keys.
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.