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Ann Shelton (artist's book) A Spoonful of Sugar | The forces of banking, gender politics, ghosts, and architecture flow through this project...

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Ann Shelton (artist's book) A Spoonful of Sugar | The forces of banking, gender politics, ghosts, and architecture flow through this project...

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Published Rim Books, Auckland, October 2015.

300 x 200 mm, hardback, spiral bound, 35 pages

ISBN: 9780994130600

 

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Photographs, texture, historical documents and a fictional short story weave a book about a house, in the suburb of Wilton in Wellington, New Zealand. In 1957 Nancy Martin staked out a humble claim to fame in an act both mundane and extraordinary— obtaining a mortgage to build her own home. Purportedly the first single woman to do so in Wellington, Nancy is listed on her mortgage as spinster.

The forces of banking, gender politics, ghosts, and architecture flow through this project—their confluence made visible in Nancy's house.

'I moved into this house amid stories about its commissioner, a trail blazing woman and the one responsible for bringing the woodwind instrument, the recorder, to New Zealand. The narrative of her and her architect's lives struck me as still critical and relevant today as we pull down the metaphorical garage door on refugee access to New Zealand and as we uncover and foreground the unnoticed roles women played in society. I wanted to activate the history of this house and its protagonists and bring many of these threads into a book.' Ann Shelton

Including a short story by Pip Adams.