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, is currently on view at Victoria University’s Adam 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, her use of a large-format camera and her own hand-printing resulting in finely detailed silver gelatin photographs variously toned with sepia, selenium and gold. Long before Jeff Koons embraced balloon-dog-sculpture, Shannon produced her sly commentary on ‘heroic sculpture’ in 1990, now about to have a rare outing at Auckland Art Fair 2018. Accompanying this playful work are a suite of works produced in 2001/02 after spending extended time with her partner Julian Dasher at at Don Judd’s Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, where she captured in sensitive watercolour the iconic proportions of Judd’s furniture installed and in daily use there.
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.