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Weird Fishes

'My Eyes', 2018
20 Nov 2018 to 7 Dec 2018
Nov 20 - Dec 7, Monday - Friday, 7am - 3.30pm
This photographic exhibition offers a sensuous psychologically compelling encounter with bodies of water.
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Allpress Studio
8 Drake St, Freemans Bay, Auckland.



Weird Fishes             CATHY CARTER


This exhibition of photography and installation takes its title from a song on Radiohead’s 2007 album ‘In Rainbows’. The exhibition considers the primordial pull that the sea holds for many people and the title “Weird Fishes” references our evolution from the oceans and conception in a liquid pool. Carter’s work is a fundamental exploration of the relationship of individuals to bodies of water to open up ‘weird’ dimensions to what we see and experience and our individual responses to growing evidence that these liquid ecosystems are under threat as we enter the Anthropocene. Carter’s work explores bodies of water as physical, cultural, and unique environmental ‘landscapes’ investigating our complex psychological relationship to water through different perspectives and geographical locations.

 As Alberto Giacometti observed,

‘The object of art is not to reproduce reality but to create a reality of the same intensity.’


Carter is a graduate of AUT University with a Master of Art and Design (Hons) 2013.

Her work has been a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards (2018, 2017, 2016 and 2014), and the international HeadOn Portrait Prize (2018, 2016 and 2015).

Carter’s has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, the USA, France and Poland. Her work is held in a number of major New Zealand collections including The Wallace Arts Trust, the Fisher Trust and the NZ Parliament’s Art Collection.

Written by

Cathy Carter

26 Nov 2018