Collection

Volcano
Fiona Pardington

1994

Fiona Pardington
b.
1961
Title:
Volcano
Production date:
1994
Accession No:
97/13
Media:
Black and white photograph

Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

At this time, Fiona Pardington's work was exploring concepts of the body, how it is viewed, its sensations and its expressions of sexuality. Her images are, for the most part, 'staged', using models and/or a selection of props. Although her works are almost invariably black and white, Pardington's explorations of the photographic medium are varied. She has experimented with the use of different lenses to distort images and has used computer programmes to manipulate photographs. She sometimes uses found photographs, or adds to the meaning of her images with the use of ornate frames encrusted with a variety of materials, or of mounts collaged with text and images.

'Volcano' depicts a medical cross-section model of a human breast, complete with milk ducts and glands. Pardington has swung the image around so the breast points upwards and resembles far more elegantly ornamental architectural detail or a cross-section through a seething volcano. It is a witty work, which casts the female breast as something other than erotic.