24 Dec 2023

2006: Jacqueline Fahey

From Kim Hill Collection, 5:00 am on 24 December 2023
An older woman smiles slightly at the camera wearing a leather coat, text reads "2006, Jacqueline Fahey"

Photo: RNZ / Robert Whitaker (design)

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Jacqueline Fahey was one of the first New Zealand artists to paint from a woman's perspective, illustrating "the theatricality of domestic life" and, in the 1950s, the crippling isolation of women in the suburban family home. Fahey tells Kim Hill she's always been a rebel. The painter is also a writer of two memoirs and two novels. She lost belief in God aged eight when the nuns at her boarding school said that her pet dogs hadn't gone to heaven. Fahey described herself as not a lapsed but a 'fallen over' Catholic.

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