• Marie Shannon, The Rat in the Lounge, 1985, gelatin silver print, 18 1⁄8 × 33 7⁄8".

    Marie Shannon

    Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

    There is nothing unique or original in the idea that our families, and the spaces we share with them, turn us into who we are. And yet contemporary writers from Karl Ove Knausgaard to Maggie Nelson have highlighted that, within this ubiquitous truth, mysteries and revelations can still lurk. The New Zealand artist Marie Shannon has been making similar self-exposures and confessions, with a literary bent, for more than thirty years. Organized by Dunedin Public Art Gallery in New Zealand and subsequently shown in Wellington and Christchurch, the survey “Rooms found only in the home” showed how

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