Caroline Johnston

b. 1968

"Caroline Johnston was born in Wellington, New Zealand. She studied at Massey University School of Fine Arts, graduating with a BA in 2005. She then went on to teach at Massey and has continued to maintain her artistic practice from her current base in Melbourne, Australia. Although object-based, her practice is largely conceptually driven and she utilises many different media (drawing, painting, sculpture, video, sound, readymades and performance). Her work is largely concerned with music-orientated sub-cultures and communities which she has spent her adult life involved with. As a non-musician, her work is both a celebration and a critique of the values and icongraphy of music culture. Johnston has exhibited in artist-run spaces and one-off group shows putside the gallery system in New Zealand the United States of America. She is represented in private collections in new Zealand, Australia, United States and Europe." - from the catalogue Object Lessons: A Musical Fiction, Adam Art Gallery (2010)

Selected Exhibitions


Home Movies, AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images, Wellington

Object Lessons: A Musical Fiction, Adam Art Gallery

Territorial Pissings: A Show about Kurt Cobain, The Engine Room, Wellington

Lucky Sod, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington

How to be a Friend, Hirschfeld Gallery, Wellington (group)