Fiona McGregor is a Sydney author and performance artist. She writes novels, essays, articles and reviews. Since 1993, she has published 5 books.
The latest, Indelible Ink, was published by Scribe in 2010 to a broad and enthusiastic readership. Set in contemporary Sydney, this novel is a family saga; it is the story of how a woman loses it, then finds it, but can’t take it with her; it is a love/hate song to Sydney, a savage indictment of middle-class conservatism, real estate obsession and Australian affluenza. Indelible Ink won Age Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Indie Book awards, the Barbara Jefferis Award, and the WA Premiers Awards. It was published in the UK by Atlantic in June 2012.
McGregor’s travel memoir Strange Museums was published to critical acclaim in 2008. Links to reviews can be found on this website, and the book can currently be purchased direct from the author, on this site. All her previous books – two novels and a book of short stories – won or were shortlisted for prizes, including the Steele Rudd Award for best book of short stories awarded to Suck My Toes. Suck My Toes has been re-issued by Scribe as an ebook entitled Dirt, along with Au Pair.
For almost twenty years McGregor has also been making performance art. Beginning in collaboration at underground party and fetish events, she moved to a solo practice in 2007, creating work in galleries, at festivals, as interventions, and in nature.
Her performance tends to the endurance and durational forms, using both video and live actions. You Have the Body, a meditation on unlawful detention, toured in 2008-09, and was acclaimed in the four Australian cities in which it was presented, including being voted Show of the Year by theatre critic James Waites. In 2009, it was produced by UK performance artist Michael Mayhew at ART Studio, Manchester, UK.
Vertigo at MOP in February 2011 marked the Australian debut of Water Series, which continued with a major show at Artspace from 1-20 November of the same year. Ongoing iterations include the debut of the video of Water #1 – Descent at AEAF’s ‘Same River Twice’, December 2014-February 2015. Videos of Arterial (2005-7), Dead Art (2007), You Have the Body (2007-9) and Revolting (2008) – the latter three debuts – were shown at AEAF’s ‘Performance Presence/Video Time’ March 2015.
McGregor is currently working on a series of novels based on the life of Iris Webber, queer petty criminal active in Sydney’s sly-grog era from the 1930s til the early 1950s. She will be performing with American artist Sheree Rose in August 2016 at UNSW Galleries as part of ‘The Patient’, curated by Bec Dean.