Marie Shannon

Map of My Day
480 x 380 mm
silver gelatin print, selenium toned
Edition 5 of 12
Signed, dated and editioned verso
Courtesy of the artist and Trish Clark Gallery
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Estimate: NZD 2,800 — 4,000

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Marie Shannon’s photographic practice insinuates the ephemera of the everyday: pipecleaners, dustmice, models and fabric arrangements into wry observational interventions into the space between cultural history and art theory.

In 2019 Shannon was the subject of a touring survey exhibition Marie Shannon: Rooms found only in the home which opened at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and toured to Te Uru Waitakere, with further iterations in Aotearoa and Australia cut short by the pandemic.
In these Covid times, Map of My Day (1992) posits as eerily prescient, plotting with thread the boundaries of a circumscribed and predetermined ‘route’ upon a carpet terrain. The choice of this work for When the Dust Settles was the subject of some discourse between the artist and the Artspace Aotearoa team with all agreeing a little humour was called for.

But, like much of Shannon’s work such visual pathos facilitates catharsis and a collective recognition of the fragility of human endeavour.

Artist Biography & History
with Artspace Aotearoa:


National Drawing Award (group), 29 November — 20 December 2008, subsequently toured to The Physics Room, 21 January — 7 February 2009 and Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 21 February — 14 March 2009. The 2008/2009 National Drawing Award was organised and presented in ​​collaboration with The Physics Room, Ōtautahi Christchurch and Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Mediatrix: New work by seven women artists (group), 17 August — 17 September 1993, subsequently toured to The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Ngāmotu New Plymouth

Marie Shannon (solo), Artspace at George Fraser Gallery, 1989

Marie Shannon


Marie Shannon is an artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, who graduated from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 1983. She works in the media of photography, video and drawing, and has been working with text over a number of years. Her work is concerned with the local, the domestic and the autobiographical, and often depicts overlooked or seemingly inconsequential objects and situations. She has exhibited extensively in Aotearoa and internationally over the last 35 years, and her work is held in numerous public and private collections. A survey exhibition of her work, Rooms found only in the home, was developed in 2017 by Dunedin Public Art Gallery, curated by Lucy Hammonds and Lauren Gutsell, and toured to Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery (2018), Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū (2018) and Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery (2019). In 2019 she was the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence in Whanganui, and her subsequent exhibition, Sleeping Near the River opened at the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui in August 2021.