Fiona PardingtonDr Fiona Pardington was born in Auckland, of Maori (Ngãi Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Ngãti Kahungunu) and Scottish (Clan Cameron of Erracht) descent. She holds a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland. Pardington was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and in 2016 was named a Knight (Chevalier) in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Prime Minister; the first New Zealand visual artist to receive this honour. At the heart of Fiona’s practice is an abiding concern with emotion and affect. A practitioner with over three decades experience as an exhibiting artist, she has explored the on-going capacities of photography by attending to that which is hidden or unseen in the photograph as much as what it may represent. Fiona has received many fellowships, residencies, awards and grants iincluding the Moët et Chandon Fellowship (France) in 1991-92, the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in both 1996 and 1997, the Ngãi Tahu residency at Otago Polytechnic in 2006 and both the Quai Branly Laureate award, La Résidence de Photoquai, and the Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2011. Pardington has created staggering works as a result of these opportunities.
Fiona Pardington appears courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite Gallery.