Ann Shelton
Mother lode
22 July - 15 August, 2020
2020-07-22 - 2020-08-15
mother lode engages an inspirational site: a small farm that ameliorates climate change and stands for food security and food ethics. Wairarapa Eco Farm is an oasis, a tiny salve on the open wound of the climate emergency. Disrupting our aesthetically based relationship with garden landscapes and the Edenic heritage of such manufactured notions of nature, this group of images engage with the history of gardens and their representation in an art historical context. Taken at Wairarapa Eco Farm, they oppose the formulaic and crafted nature of the gardens we have come to regard as beautiful and which have long populated our art historical frame. This garden is a wholly different aesthetic beast where groupings of kale can just be seen emerging from clumps of grass in summer, and trees, herbs and all kinds of plant matter co-exist and thrive. 

This patch of ground is where my vegetables and eggs have been produced for the last thirteen years. The farm operates under the political structure of Community Supported Agriculture, which allows farmers to rely on a predictable income through the advance payment of shares in return for a season's produce. Oppositional to the monolithic and monocultural farms that surround it, Wairarapa Eco Farm offers an alternate model for food production and supply. - Ann Shelton

The exhibition is accompanied by an artist book. This includes a group of digital drawings, made by Shelton and her longtime creative collaborator Duncan Munro, and a short story by award winning Wellington writer Pip Adam. The drawings, generated from elements of the photographs, refer to unseen aspects of the farm eco-system: the machinations of microbes, soil, and living organisms of all types.


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Installation view 3
Installation view 3
Untitled (Sol, Sinorhizobium)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
885 x 605mm
Untitled (Sol, Sinorhizobium)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
885 x 605mm
Untitled (arch, Azorhizobium)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm
Untitled (arch, Azorhizobium)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm
Untitled (planet bright)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm

SOLD
Untitled (planet bright)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm

SOLD
Untitled (she who marks the boundary, Sunna)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
885 x 605mm
Untitled (she who marks the boundary, Sunna)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
885 x 605mm
Untitled (green ground, circle, herbal)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm
Untitled (green ground, circle, herbal)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm
Installation view 2
Installation view 2
Untitled (mother, earth mantle)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm
Untitled (mother, earth mantle)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm
Untitled (Gaia, fixation)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
885 x 605mm

SOLD
Untitled (Gaia, fixation)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
885 x 605mm

SOLD
Installation view 1
Installation view 1
Untitled (Imentet, Ra)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm
Untitled (Imentet, Ra)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm
Untitled (planet bright)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm

SOLD
Untitled (planet bright)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm

SOLD
Untitled (she who carries the shit, decomposition)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm
Untitled (she who carries the shit, decomposition)
2020
Ann Shelton
archival pigment print, hand-painted artist frame
1120 x 760mm