Fiona Pardington | The Popular Recreator
11 – 23 December 2015
Fiona Pardington has created a new suite of photographs fired onto high quality ceramic plates, cups and saucers revisiting a technique she used in the early nineties. The works respond to the steel engravings illustrated in a rare encyclopaedic publication The Popular Recreator A Key To In-Door And Out-Door Amusements Vols. 1 And 2 1873/1874. Fiona’s investigations are concerned with how skill-focused pastimes are disappearing due to modern technology and highlight how profoundly contemporary notions of masculinity and femininity have diverged from the Victorian period.
Fiona’s comprehensive survey A Beautiful Hesitation, curated by Aaron Lister, received an outstanding response during it’s time at City Gallery Wellington and we look forward to seeing it at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki late February 2016. To coincide with the opening a new book will be published that brings together new and classic writings on the artist’s work, published by Victoria University Press.