Ann Shelton








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.


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jane says
04.18.2019 - 05.19.2019
The Unhomely
06.29.2017 - 08.18.2017

Virtual Exhibitions:

A Lovers’ Herbal
an invitation to dance
PHOTO 2021
02.18.2021 - 03.07.2021
Primary Care
University of Otago
06.30.2018 - 08.25.2018
Paddington Town Hall Sydney
11.11.2017 - 11.18.2017
Dark Matter
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
09.26.2016 - 04.17.2017
a library to scale
Frankfurt Book Fair
10.01.2012 - 10.07.2012
April 29, 2022 Press

Ann Shelton in Flora Photographica

Ann Shelton in ‘Flora Photographica: Masterworks of Contemporary Flower Photography’, a showcase of flower photography by the world’s leading photographers.

February 09, 2022 Press

Ann Shelton – The Winner of the Highly Commended Book

Ann Shelton’s Mother Lode

January 15, 2022 Press

Ann Shelton featured in The Homestyle Magazine

For contemporary artist Ann Shelton, ikebana is medium for messages.

December 01, 2021 Press

Ann Shelton Photobook – A Spoonful of Sugar

Ann Shelton, A Spoonful of Sugar first reprint.

Read on Photobooknz.

April 15, 2021 Press

Ann Shelton in Contemporary Hum: “Ann Shelton’s Strange Flowers Set the Stage”

Inspired by the Japanese art of flower arrangement, ikebana, Shelton has carefully shaped various flora—sticks, moss, flowers, seeds—into striking compositions that she photographed against bright monochromatic backgrounds.

March 03, 2021 Press

Ann Shelton’s ‘A Lovers’ Herbal’ reviewed in Artforum

“A Lovers’ Herbal” is Shelton’s first solo show since New Zealand legalized abortion (for up to twenty weeks’ gestation) in March 2020. This web presentation, dense with information, displays new photographs from “jane says,” a short video interview, ikebana book images, and texts that detail the links between colonialism and the suppression of herbal medical knowledge.

Read on Artforum.

February 09, 2021 Events

In Conversation: Artist Ann Shelton and Critic Claire Voon

Artist Ann Shelton and Critic Claire Voon will be in conversation about the artist’s current virtual exhibition “A Lovers’ Herbal” at Denny Dimin Gallery.

Read on Vimeo.

February 08, 2021 Outside Exhibitions

Ann Shelton in PHOTO 2021

Ann Shelton’s new work ‘an invitation to dance’ was commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021.

Read on PHOTO 2021.

December 12, 2019 Press

Ann Shelton in Art Collector

A new exhibition by one of New Zealand’s most lauded lens-based practitioners Ann Shelton explores female experiences of representation, control, fertility and trauma.

November 05, 2019 Artists, Press

Ann Shelton Interviewed in Evergreen Review

Photography is a bit of a bitch. It has been a willing accomplice in this whole imperialist project.

Read on Evergreen.

May 17, 2019 Artists, Press

Ann Shelton in artnet news

Ann Shelton’s brightly colored photographs of exquisite floral arrangements, on view now at New York’s Denny Dimin Gallery, aren’t just beautiful—they also carry a hidden meaning.

Read on artnet news.

May 17, 2019 Artists, Press

Ann Shelton in The Art Newspaper

Denny Dimin Gallery has launched its Tribeca space with a show of fertility-focused photographs by the New Zealand artist Ann Shelton, jane says.

May 13, 2019 Artists, Press

Ann Shelton in Collector Daily

Shelton’s thoughtful brand of feminist flower arranging throws the delicate daintiness of the practice out the window. As much as it might seem unlikely, these are intellectual, in fact subtly angry, activist photographs that encourage women to take back the knowledge that is rightfully theirs.

April 15, 2019 Artists, Press

Ann Shelton in Galerie Magazine

Here are Galerie’s picks of the must-see art and design events in New York this week, from the unveiling of Alicja Kwade’s rooftop installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Brooklyn Museum’s annual gala.

April 12, 2017 Press

Ann Shelton Reviewed in Hyperallergic

The resulting prints are currently on view at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki as part of Shelton’s retrospective, Dark Matter. Curated by Zara Stanhope, the exhibition centers on series that explore themes from trauma to female authorship through photos that often conflate fact and fiction.

March 03, 2017 Press

Ann Shelton In Conversation with Casey Carsel and Laura Thomson

Through a wide range of photographic investigations, Wellington-based artist Ann Shelton has, over her 20-year career, explored the construction of narratives that surround social, political and historical contexts.

Read on Ocula.

Ann Shelton
In Conversation with Critic Claire Voon
February 11, 2021
Ann Shelton
Pull Focus with Emil McAvoy from Art Collector Magazine
September 30, 2020
Ann Shelton
The physical garden
Live performance
April 18, 2019


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