Caroline McQuarrie

Caroline McQuarrie

Lecturer, Whiti o Rehua School of Art

Caroline McQuarrie is an artist who works with photography, video and domestic craft to explore meaning carried in photographic and craft based objects and domestic, suburban or community sites. Her work explores the role of the feminine in everyday life, and investigates the capacity for the act of making to create agency in women’s lives.  She teaches in the BDes photography and the Diploma in Photography, as well as supervising MFA candidates.

  • Expertise

    Photography, Photoshop, darkroom, alternative photographic processes, contemporary photographic history and theory.

  • Research Highlights

    Artifact (2012) Blue Oyster Project Space, Dunedin
    Comprising six large prints of images that had been created on a flatbed scanner, Artifact explored the reproduction of both images and objects. Each image is of the artist’s hands holding a mass-produced cushion or doily, each containing a cliched message. The object was moved as the scan was made, causing digital ‘artifacts’ in the image.

    Settle (2012) Geoff Wilson Gallery, NorthTec, Whangarei
    Settle was a group exhibition with Vanessa Crowe and Cathy Tuato’o Ross. It included works Artifact and Back Stitch (Flying Geese). Back Stitch (Flying Geese) is a stop motion video work made from still images and cut out stitches from the backs of embroideries. It explores the notion of home and the physical inscriptions we make on the site we feel is our home.

    Friends are the best things in life (2012) Ghuznee Art Billboard on Ghuznee Street, Wellington
    Using a single image from Artifact, the increased scale altered the reading of the work by likening the message to advertising.

  • Qualifications

    BFA (Canterbury University)
    MFA (Distinction) (Massey University)