Margaret Feeney

I make objects to think about ideas. My work looks at the hijacking of the Natural World and the Human Built World by the modern market system. I am indiscriminate in my choice of materials and processes and strive for a sense of the ridiculous as a parody of elite industrial and economic systems.

My umbrella projects It Started With A Kiss and A Black Comedy in Pastels form a low-resolution investigation of high technology, or maybe a light investigation of dark technology? I am interested in Artificial Intelligence as part of my ongoing interest in Information Space. And the expanding influence of form over content which is spreading from our dominion over the Natural and Human Built worlds to the last small spaces of the world of our minds. Another ongoing project is Water Systems, which looks at ways to bring water and shelter to wild and industrial animals in a series of tangential and random initiatives.

I use 2 main ways to think about things: through my studio practice and through collective invention. I run free workshops alongside my studio work to consult with groups of people that interest me. Through discussion and art-making mahi we explore and test ideas.

I have been in over 40 group shows and have had 18 solo shows, including: It Started With A Kiss: a low resolution show about high technology, Waiheke Community Art Gallery- Te Whare Taonga o Waiheke, 2018, The Showroom: a black comedy in pastels, an installation at Te Uru, Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland, 2014, Storage Systems, an installation about Analogue and Digital storage at the Blue Oyster Project Space, Dunedin, 2011. I have delivered papers at four NZ University symposia and have held two residencies: at Franz Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium and MIT Fab Lab Buinho Creative Hub, in Messejana, Portugal. I work from my studio in Auckland but travel to work with workshop groups for my community art practice.

I also work at Māpura Studios - Māpura is an outsider art studio for artists living with diversity and disability, and am coordinator of the Māpura Art Studio and Art Therapy Corrections programmes at Auckland Prison, Paremoremo.

Margaret Feeney has helped fund


Dance Plant

Bella Wilson and Dance Plant Collective have been awarded the Lucy Guerin Residency in Melbourne! We are so excited by this fantastic opportunity.

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