"I am interested in using things that exist in a peripheral space as a strategy to reframe a new shared situation. In previous projects I have worked site-specifically using the gallery space as material. I am currently working on projects that engage with exterior or outside spaces like an empty lot or a grassy field. I am interested in these environments as they escape the vernaculars of gallery interiors. When I think about my work it's light and airy, it's suggestive, it never really exists, it's constantly in flux because it responds to an environment that is in flux. When I think about my work it's common, it's literal, but only as a means to be as abstract as possible. I like the idea of making works about difference where there is not that much difference. When I replicate or make a model of an object it is somehow both specific and general at the same time."

Auckland artist Fiona Connor is currently based in Los Angeles, where she has recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from CalArts, the California Institute for the Arts.

Fiona was a founding member of two of Auckland's artist run spaces - Special and Gambia Castle - and has gone on to exhibit her work in numerous exhibitions in New Zealand and overseas. Notable venues include: You Are Here at Artspace, Auckland; the influential NEW010 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; LAXART, Los Angeles; the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne; and Adam Art Gallery, Wellington. In May of 2011, Fiona exhibited her Graduation Exhibition, Reading the map while driving, at CalArts, Los Angeles.

In 2010, Fiona was nominated as a Walters Prize finalist for her 2009 work Something Transparent (please go round the back). Her drawings of the Auckland Art Gallery during recent demolition and construction are currently exhibited on Level One of the re-opened gallery building, and she has work in Toi Aotearoa, the opening exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery's Gibbs Gallery.

Fiona has travelled widely and undertaken exchanges in San Diego, Barcelona and Mexico City. In 2012 Fiona will travel back to New Zealand to undertake a residency at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery where she will work on a major new project for exhibition at that same institution, and then travel to Auckland make a solo exhibition at Hopkinson Cundy.

Fiona was awarded $10,000 from the Chartwell Trust as an Arts Foundation Award for Patronage donation in 2011.  The Award was to go towards production costs for New Zealand exhibition projects in 2012, with a particular focus on her Dunedin Public Art Gallery Residency Exhibition.


FIona Connor was a finalist in the 2010 Walters Prize.
Born, Auckland, New Zealand
NZ Model United Nations Representative, The Hague;Top Scholar, New Zealand Bursary
Mt Eden Young Artists Award, Auckland
Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts (BFA/BA), University of Auckland
Creative New Zealand New Work Grant
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) California Institute for the Arts, Los Angeles
Walters Prize Finalist
Arts Foundation Award for Patronage donation recipient from Chartwell Trust