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STACEY BUTLER: Yarns over the Farm Fence

25 February – 9 April 2017

Yarns over the Farm Fence is a body of work completed by local artist Stacey Butler as part of her Master of Fine Arts.  The exhibition is made up of three groups of photographs that together create an agricultural timeline with a sustainability focus. The three groups look at the past, present and possible futures of farming using methods from photography’s past, its present and its likely future.  The first group looks at plant species past and present. The second group takes an insider approach to the documentation of farming practices. The third group looks at some of the implications of developments in technology. The artist hopes that together they will inspire “yarns over the farm fence.”


Stacey Butler is a Master of Fine Arts student at the Dunedin School of Art. Throughout her time at the art school her work has explored the agricultural industry and the farm using a range of photographic methods from analogue to digital. Many of the works were photographed in and around her family farm in Ardlussa.


Stacey Butler, Effluent storage pond, 2223 pumpable cubic meters (Resource Management Act 1991), 2016, Fixing the Boundary Fence Series, digital inkjet print. 

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