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Femisphere is a long-term project interested in encouraging inclusivity and visibility of women*s practices in the visual arts sector of Aotearoa.
Femisphere is our attempt at presenting a structure to support conversation around geographically diverse female artists from the past, present and future.
This structure is a series of publications or zines, each one showcasing responses and expressions from a rotational selection of artists, curated by publishers Imogen Taylor and Judy Darragh.
* Inclusive of all variations of gender that identify with the term / label of ‘woman’, whether it is in the past, present or future.
Judith Darragh lives and works in Auckland and played a significant role in the development of Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland, the independent artist-run space Teststrip, Auckland, and Cuckoo. Her work is renowned for brightly coloured sculptural assemblages of found objects, recycled items, industrial materials, collage, photography, video, and poster art. Her practice came to prominence during the 1980s in an era of conspicuous consumption, into which Judy modelled an artist who expanded with our views of material consumerism. Her work displays a fondness for everyday objects that are witty and provocative.
Imogen Taylor is an Auckland-based artist who grew up in Kororareka before moving to Auckland in the early 1990s. Known for flattened geometric configurations, Imogen’s painting practice appears to resist any conceptual allegiances. Instead, she uses a process-based approach to explore a collision of modernism, queer theory and the act of painting itself. Taylor regularly exhibits with Michael Lett gallery in Auckland and recently exhibited a solo show with the gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019. Imogen completed a residency at Parehuia, Colin McCahon House in Titirangi, in 2017, and is the 2019 Frances Hodgkins Fellow at Otago University, Dunedin.
Elle Loui August
Ana Iti (Te Rarawa)