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Dr

Tessa Laird

Lecturer In Art (Critical And Theoretical Studies)
Victorian College Of The Arts
Ceramics
Printmaking
Pattern
Performance
Moving Image
Text-based practices
artist publications
animal studies
bats
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Dr

Tessa Laird

 
Division
Fine Arts And Music
 
Primary Interest
Art Theory and Criticism (Colour Theory
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Dr

Tessa Laird

 

Tessa Laird is a Lecturer in Critical and Theoretical Studies at the School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts. She holds three degrees in Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

She has been a respected New Zealand art critic for over 20 years, writing for The New Zealand Listener, Art New Zealand, Art and Australia, catalogue essays and book chapters. In the 1990s she founded and edited two important New Zealand art magazines, Monica, and LOG Illustrated. She was the director of The Physics Room Gallery in Christchurch for two years before working in Los Angeles galleries for three years (1999-2003). From 2003 until 2012 she was a lecturer in Contextual Studies at the Manukau School of Visual Arts, University of Auckland. She was awarded her Doctorate of Fine Arts in 2012, which culminated in an exhibition and exegesis: Sheshnag’s Coloured Canopy: The Rainbow and The Kaleidoscope as Metaphor and Method. In 2013 her doctoral writing on colour was published as A Rainbow Reader by Clouds (Auckland) and she was included in the major survey exhibition Freedom Farmers: New Zealand Artists Growing Ideas at the Auckland Art Gallery. She spent 2013 and 2014 as a professional teaching fellow at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland before moving to Melbourne to take up a post at the VCA where she expanded her expertise in colour theory to encompass a range of more-than-human subjectivities, drawing on ecofeminist philosophy and animal studies. In 2018 her book Bat was published by Reaktion, London, as part of their celebrated Animal series.

Projects

Tessa was awarded a travel and personal development grant in 1999 from Creative New Zealand, and a writer's scholarship in 2015 by Creative New Zealand to complete the book BAT, for publication by Reaktion (London). Tessa has received Faculty Small Grants for travel purposes on several occasions, and a CoVA grant towards the production of Hacking the Anthropocene 4, a cross-faculty, interdisciplinary ecofeminist, queer, and decolonial symposium in 2019.

Scholarly Works

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Credentials

Positions

Positions


Lecturer In Art (Critical And Theoretical Studies)

Victorian College Of The Arts

Education

Education


Doctorate of Fine Arts

University of Auckland

Masters of Fine Arts

University of Auckland

Links

Links