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Caroline McQuarrie PGDipFA, MFA, BFA

Senior Lecturer

School of Art

Interdisciplinary artist working with photography, video and craft practices to explore meaning carried in photographic and craft based objects and domestic, suburban or community sites.  Exploring the role of the feminine in everyday life, and investigating the capacity for the act of making to create agency in women’s lives, McQuarrie is concerned with how memory and sentiment is manifested in photographs and/or hand crafted objects.  She is currently working on various projects exploring the history of the West Coast, exploring how intimate stories in out of the way places can reflect on what happens in the wider world.


Contact details

  • Ph: 62208
    Location: T26a, T26
    Campus: Wellington


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts - Massey University (2006)
  • Master of Fine Arts - Massey University (2006)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - University of Canterbury (1997)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Photography, Textile art, Feminist art, Memory and how it is manifested in objects, The domestic.


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Crafts (190501): Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502): Lens-based Practice (190503): Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000): Visual Arts and Crafts (190500)


Photography, Textile Art, Photographic History, Feminist Art.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

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Completed Projects

Project Title: All Roads End Here: abandoned towns on the West Coast

'All Roads End Here' is a long term fine art project exploring sites on the South Island's West Coast which were once towns but are no longer populated. Through photography, video, craft practices and performance it explores the imaginative space between current historical sites and our collective memory of the community that once existed. Early West Coast towns were usually settled haphazardly near the industry they fed, and as the industries changed so too did the places people lived. Many towns were very short lived as their gold or coal supplies turned out to be inaccessible or not extensive. Other factors, such as the ability for people to travel further to work also lead to populations shifting towards the larger towns on the West Coast, leaving more isolated settlements empty. This work will initially be exhibited in 'No Town' at Aratoi in Masterton April - June 2014, and Carnegie Gallery Hokitika November 2014, and through a performance in conjunction with community choir Womansong in Wellington with Old Hall Gigs in March 2014. The funding for this project will also allow further development of the work for exhibiting in 2015 and beyond.
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Date Range: 2013 - 2013

Funding Body: Massey University

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Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Photoshop, Darkroom and wet-based photographic processes, Idea generation in art practice, Digital photography, Adobe Camera Raw.

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