Marie Shannon has made intimate, thoughtful, witty works for over thirty years, and her survey exhibition, Rooms found only in the home,developed and toured by Dunedin Public Art Gallery, will open on 25 May 2019 at Auckland’s Te Uru after touring to Victoria University’s Adam Art Gallery and Christchurch Art Gallery. Interested in the narrative or poetic resonance of the single object, “using photography to display, or show something and to ask the viewer to pay particular attention to it,” Shannon has always worked with photography as her principal medium, with her use of a large-format camera and hand-printing resulting in finely detailed silver gelatin photographs variously toned with sepia, selenium and gold.
Graduating with a BFA from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 1983, Shannon has continued to exhibit her work in both solo and group shows in New Zealand, and abroad. Shannon represented New Zealand in 1996 at the Asia Pacific Triennale held at Queensland Art Gallery, and also exhibited that year in Sydney at the Australian Centre for Photography. Two years later Shannon showed at the Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. In 2000 her work was included in the exhibition Fissures, shown at ACProjects, New York, curated by Connie Butler as part of the series, Five Shows, Five Curators.