Melbourne Art Fair Viewing Rooms

Wednesday 3 - Sunday 7 June

The Female Archetype: Ann Shelton in conversation with Emily Cormack–Jun 5, 2020 1:00pm NZT.

Join Melbourne Art Fair Artistic Director, Emily Cormack, in conversation with Ann Shelton, a New Zealand artist working and living in Wellington and represented by Sumer Gallery, New Zealand.


Sumer presents a dual presentation of new work by Andrew Hazewinkel and Ann Shelton for the Melbourne Art Fair Viewing Rooms. The two are highly regarded mid-career artists with strong momentum building with their respective practices, and whose work has been featured in major institutional exhibitions in recent years.

Both artists similarly present research-rich projects. Hazewinkel, whose practice spans photography and sculpture, characteristically teases out tensions between damaged ancient figurative sculpture and our own ephemeral bodies. More broadly, Hazewinkel’s practice investigates relationships between ancient objects and contemporary societies via museums, collections, collecting practices and modes of presentation. Read more about Hazewinkel’s work here.

By contrast, Shelton’s work is often centred around the female subject, albeit most often with the figure absent. Shown here are works from Shelton’s jane says: photography of the artist’s plant arrangements, which feature herbs and flowers from folk traditions associated with women’s reproductive health; and whose titles draw upon female archetypes which are both classical and contemporary in origin. To learn more about Shelton's practice, click here.


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  • Wed 03 Jun — Sun 07 Jun

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