Matilda Fraser

Matilda Fraser is an artist and writer based in Wellington, New Zealand. She has a multidisciplinary research-driven practice that deals with circulation, exchange, colloquial histories, earnestness, and the broken promises of language. Her work takes shape through film, still image, polyvocal sound compositions, handmade publications and three-dimensional installation.

A key concern of her work is how the historian explores the past; whether as a sightseer viewing the past in the present, or as a time-traveller, concerned not with the right things in the right order, but in search of strains of spirit and vitality that eventually filter down to us, or come echoing through many and often-anonymous voices.

Matilda holds a BFA Hons from Massey University, 2012, and a MFA Hons, Elam School of Fine Art Auckland, 2016. She was the 2015 Writer-in-Residence at Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, producing a series of nested texts entitled Against Efficiency about attention economies and the nature of criticism." - Artist Statement

CIRCUIT Resources

Essay by Thomasin Sleigh (2018)

CIRCUIT Projects

WUNDERSCHEIN, Wellington (2018-19)
Masons Screen, Wellington (2017)

Selected Exhibitions 


Garden Leave (solo), Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, Wellington
His trunk for a hand, his foot for a scythe, RM Gallery, Auckland  

Poet No. 2,The Booth, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland 

The Race Marches Forward on the Feet of Little Children (solo), Blue Oyster, Dunedin
Margins & Satellites, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

I digress, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington 
The Eight Hours Plan, Masons Screen, Wellington

New Perspectives, Artspace, Auckland 
Eastern Art Express with RM, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, Somerset House, London

little metonym, Hapori Projects, Auckland
Writer in Residence, Blue Oyster, Dunedin