"All my films, poems, paintings play more or less between inner and outer events" –Joanna Margaret Paul
"oanna Margaret Paul's experimental films are cine-poems: silent meditative studies of environments and/or the people within them. Martin Rumsby has described Paul's film work as 'domestic portraiture'. "Her camera - often still, albeit with a hand-held shiver, sometimes in motion - records moving images that others would deem unimportant; cracks ina concrete wall, a dilapidated building, a womans hands ironing. The films are a document of everyday life through the eye of an artist." –Kathy Dudding.
Joanna Margaret Paul (1955-2003) was a New Zealand artist who pioneered interdisciplinary practice, working prolifically across the mediums of film, poetry and painting. Often shot and edited in camera, her film work chronicled motherhood and domestic life (Task, Napkins), the worn traces of urban settlement (Port Chalmers Cycle) and the persistent presence of the natural world. Other works such as Sisterhood portrayed the life of other female artists identified with the 1970s womens movement in New Zealand.
Curated by Peter Todd, Through a Different Lens/Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul is the first collection of Joanna Margaret Paul’s moving image work to make Paul’s work available to an international audience. In Todd’s accompanying essay he places her work in the lineage of film-makers Margaret Tait and Robert Bresson, and painter Frances Hodgkins.
Through a Different Lens/Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul contains 13 works shot in the 1970s that have been transferred from 8mm and 16mm film to high definition video.
- Napkins (1975)
- Jillian Dressing (1976)
- Task (1982)
- Sisterhood (1975)
- Seacliff (1975)
- Body/House (1975)
- Motorway (1971)
- Barrys Bay 2 (1975)
- Children Imogen (1975)
- Aberhart’s House (1976)
- Port Chalmers Cycle (1972)
- Thorndon (1975) Napkins (1975)
*Original format: 8mm & 16mm
*Total length: 70 min
Screening format: HD (current screening format. Transferred from the original films by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand)
Special thanks to CIRCUIT, Peter Todd and Mark Williams.