Born 1967 in Timaru Te Tihi-o-Maru, Aotearoa New Zealand. Lives in Te Whānganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa 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 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, New Zealand. She lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, New Zealand, and is an Honorary Research Fellow in Photography at Whiti o Rehua, School of Art Massey University. Shelton’s most recent solo exhibitions include: i am an old phenomenon at Denny Gallery (New York, NY), an invitation to dance at Two Rooms Gallery (Auckland, New Zealand), the missionaries at Aigantighe Art Gallery (Timaru, New Zealand), Mother lode at Bartley and Company Art (Wellington, New Zealand), jane says at Denny Gallery (New York, NY), and Dark Matter at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (Auckland, New Zealand) which toured to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū (Christchurch, New Zealand). Notable group exhibitions include Flora Imaginaria at Museum of Botany / Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Sarasota, FL), Home is Where One Starts From at Fotografia Europea (Reggio Emilia, Italy), Mareikura; Wahine beyond Suffrage at Pataka Art Museum (Porirua City, New Zealand), Primary Care and The Order of Things at Hockens Collections, Uare Taoka o Hakana, University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand). Shelton has participated in Images Recalled, Germany’s largest photographic biennale, Photo 2021, Biennale of Photography in Melbourne, Australia, and the Singapore International Photography Festival. Her works are included in public and private collections throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand and the United States. 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, and The Evergreen Review. She will have her first institutional solo exhibition in the USA at The Alice Austen House Museum, New York in 2024. Ann Shelton is represented by Denny Gallery (New York) and Two Rooms (Auckland, New Zealand).
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.