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
Essay by Thomasin Sleigh (2018)
WUNDERSCHEIN (collaboration with Guillaume Cailleau) (2018/19)
Masons Screen (commission), Wellington (2017)
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