Jacqueline Fraser

Name
Jacqueline Fraser
Iwi/Ethnicity
Ngāi Tahu/Kai Tahu/Māori
Kāti Māmoe/Māori
Date of birth
14 Mar 1956
Place of birth
Dunedin/Otago (region)/New Zealand
Nationality
New Zealander
Biography
Jacqueline Fraser is a contemporary New Zealand artist of Ngāi Tahu and Kāti Māmoe descent.

Fraser first gained recognition in the late 1970s for her sculptural environments made from inexpensive and disposable materials. Her almost punk disregard for authenticity, and use of plastics and other found materials, gave her works a unique status locally, often shifting between natural and synthetic states. By the late 1980s, her practice expanded to include figurative reference points, motifs and text with a more direct relationship to her Māori cultural heritage.

Fraser has twice been nominated for the Walters Prize: for Invisible in 2004 and for The Making of Mississippi Grind in 2018.