<p><strong>Fiona Pardington</strong><br />
<em>Heartsick</em> 1994<br />
<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">From <em>Medical Suite</em> 1994&ndash;1999</span><br />
<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Courtesy Starkwhite, Auckland</span></p>

Fiona Pardington
Heartsick 1994
From Medical Suite 1994–1999
Courtesy Starkwhite, Auckland

Artist Fiona Pardington talks about her work Heartsick 1994 (from Medical Suite 1994–1999) which features in the exhibition Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation, on show at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki from 5 March – 19 June 2016.

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Audio and transcripts available in English and Mandarin. 

Video available in New Zealand Sign Language.

Heartsick is another favourite of mine in that its such an unusual photograph in that the subject in that the subject is looking right into the camera, her eyes are focussed on the camera you can see that her eyes are focussed and therefore she’s looking directly at you. She has a beatific kind of look on her face so immediately I thought of Catholic photographs and chromolithographs of nuns in states of ecstasy, so it’s Bernini and hysterical nuns fainting with religious fervour which was really just sexual frustration I suppose whipped up into a frenzy – but she had some kind a tumour, I think it was a goitre, which was being palpated by somebody who was outside of the photograph and they have their hands around her neck and their squeezing, and the lump just happened to look like a heart to me, you know not quite like a heart but like a heart just enough for once again for the image to fall into place for me and to make a lot of sense.