Jane Zusters

Auckland, New Zealand, 1951

Jane Zusters

Since 1975, Christchurch-based artist Jane Zusters has refused to be constrained by any one medium. Equally at home in photography and painting, her work investigates the complexities of human existence through an approach based in feminism, personal narrative, postcolonial New Zealand history, environmentalism, and more recently, responses to the Canterbury earthquake of 2011. Her early photography, partly inspired by the work of Dianne Arbus, ranges from intimate portrayals of young bohemians and activists to complex, abstract photographic deconstructions of her own identity as a woman and as an artist. On a visit to Italy in 1984, following her winning that year’s Montana Art Award, Zusters was simultaneously exposed to the frescos of the fourteenth and fifteenth century masters and the postmodern Transavanguardia movement. Returning to New Zealand, she remained a prominent fixture of Auckland painting for much of the ‘80s, later turning her attentions back to photography. In 1992, she was awarded a Goethe Institute scholarship. Zusters has held several residencies and her work can be found in most New Zealand public collections.

Essays

Auction Results

Portrait of a Woman Marrying Herself

1978

four selenium toned gelatin silver prints

100mm x 105mm (each panel); 204mm x 208mm (overall)

Achieved $2,403.63

Gladys, Sharon, Elaine and friends

1977

selenium toned gelatin silver print

170mm x 250mm

Achieved $1,700.13

Laurence Aberhart, Kamala and the Hammond Boys - Lyttleton 1976

1976

gelatin silver print

150mm x 230mm

Achieved $1,081.13

Life Drawing North Beach, Christchurch 1978

1978

gelatin silver print

140mm x 225mm

Achieved $1,201.25