Fiona Jack is a conceptual artist based in Auckland where she is a Senior Lecturer at the Elam School of Fine Arts. Her projects consider sociopolitical issues and look to the past in order to understand the present. The collaborative project Living Halls (2010) examined New Zealand’s radical commitment to building hundreds of social halls as war memorials after WWI. Also collaborative and focused on community, The Heraldry of Presence (2014) studied banners and their long service as identifiers and gathering devices for groups of people. The series In time I will see things a little differently (2010 - ongoing) engages with the close examination of historical photographs, and two projects with Ngarimu Blair and Ngati Whatua O Orakei – Palisade (2008) and Kohimaramara (2008) – have drawn attention to historical acts of violent colonisation through re-enactment and re-presentation.
In 2015 she made new work as a commission for SCAPE Public Art Biennale, Christchurch, curated by Rob Garret. A project investigating plant histories of Christchurch taking the form of a series of banners was paraded along the River Avon. In 2016 she has presented a solo exhibition of new banner works in Los Angeles at Commonwealth & Council, presented by MIchael Ned Holte.
Fiona Jack has an MFA from CalArts Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Graphic Design.