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Caroline McQuarrie Biography

Caroline McQuarrie is a contemporary artist and photographer. Born in 1975, she lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington.

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Caroline is an interdisciplinary artist who has long been exploring personal and familial histories and the role that photography and hand-crafted textile might play in interrogating these narratives. Curiosity about what is tangible and what is intangible, what traces remain, and whose lived experiences are valued enough to be recorded are strong drivers for her practice.

Caroline has spent several years photographing sites of 1800s mining industry—tunnels, tailings, inclines, paths—places of man-altered hills, rivers and bush. These are sites of former prosperity, of once bustling industries, and sites of change and trauma. Caroline often focuses her gaze on the historical and ecological legacies of the area around her family home in Te Tai Poutini, the West Coast of the South Island.

In her embroidered and textile projects, Caroline enjoys bringing to light lesser known or documented stories, particularly those of early settler Pākehā women and their families. These experiences and stories were more domestic and ephemeral, often overlooked, and now mostly lost to the annals of history.

Text courtesy Jhana Millers.

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Whitework Sampler No. 01 by Caroline McQuarrie contemporary artwork sculpture
Caroline McQuarrie Whitework Sampler No. 01, 2023 Aotearoa Corriedale wool from Niche Textile Studio, pegboard, steel hooks
60 x 45 x 7 cm
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Bullock Creek, Buller District (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Rārua rohe) by Caroline McQuarrie contemporary artwork sculpture, print, textile
Caroline McQuarrie Bullock Creek, Buller District (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Rārua rohe), 2022 Photograph handwoven in cotton on digital Jacquard loom, framed
65 x 69 cm
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Johnny Walker Creek, Buller District (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa Rangatira rohe) by Caroline McQuarrie contemporary artwork sculpture, textile
Caroline McQuarrie Johnny Walker Creek, Buller District (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa Rangatira rohe), 2022 Photograph handwoven in cotton on digital Jacquard loom, framed
65 x 69 cm
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Homewardbounder #05 by Caroline McQuarrie contemporary artwork print
Caroline McQuarrie Homewardbounder #05, 2014 Digital photographic print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag
95 x 95 cm
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Preaching Pit, Gwennap, Cornwall, UK by Caroline McQuarrie contemporary artwork print
Caroline McQuarrie Preaching Pit, Gwennap, Cornwall, UK, 2015 Digital photographic print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag (unframed)
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Homewardbounder #04 by Caroline McQuarrie contemporary artwork print
Caroline McQuarrie Homewardbounder #04, 2014 Digital photographic print on Hahnemuhle photo rag
95 x 95 cm
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Homewardbounder #01 by Caroline McQuarrie contemporary artwork print
Caroline McQuarrie Homewardbounder #01, 2014 Digital photographic print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag
95 x 95 cm
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