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Laura Duffy

Title: Garden of Purity
Year: 2018
Length: Various
Format: Digital video
Garden of Purity considers how we read and ingest imagery, drawing links through history from art history to advertising. Duffy sees the works as being a layered conversation about Catholicism, advertising, abjection, and queerness. She uses edible materials as a starting point for the series of digitally manipulated photographs in the light boxes and online video works. The series intends to prompt questions about traditional notions of beauty and divinity by blurring the lines between repulsion and desire. 
Thematic tags: Performance, narrative, body, abstraction, new media, technology, sound, spirituality, indigenous methodologies.

Laura Duffy’s photographic and video works explore the objectification of the feminine body. Using food as a sculptural material, she draws on gestural techniques found within the world of modern advertising including dripping, dropping, pouring and slow motion. With reference to art historical still life, the work asserts positive identification of women and femmes as subject over object as well as exposing the abject treatment of the feminine image throughout history.

https://www.circuit.org.nz/artist/laura-duffy


Matilda Fraser

Title: The Race Marches Forward on the Feet of Little Children
Year: 2018
Length: 08:37
Format: Single channel video
A film about Sir Frederic Truby King, the eccentric founder of Plunket Society in New Zealand in 1907. He worked to promote mothercraft, breastfeeding, and the training of women as nurses, campaigned against over-educating women, and contributed literature to the eugenics movement.
Thematic tags: Narrative, landscape, capitalism, politics, environment, feminism, work/labour,

Title: The Eight Hours Plan
Year: 2017
Length: 04:08
Format: single channel video
An ode to Samuel Duncan Parnell, a man instrumental to founding the eight hour working day in New Zealand in 1842.
Thematic tags: landscape, politics, capitalism, work/labour

Matilda Fraser (BFA Hons, 2012, Massey University; MFA 2016, Elam) is an artist and writer based in Wellington, New Zealand. Recent shows include The Race Marches Forward on the Feet of Little Children, Blue Oyster, 2018; I digress, Enjoy, 2017; The Eight Hours Plan, Mason’s Screen, 2017; New Perspectives, Artspace, 2016. She was the 2015 Writer-in-Residence at Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, producing a series of nested texts entitled Against Efficiency about the nature of criticism.

http://www.lumiere.net.nz/against-efficiency/


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