Artist: Jane Wilcox
24 September 2022 - 23 January 2023
Photographer Jane Wilcox captured the magic of twilight in her Courtenay Place Light Boxes exhibition Māhina.
Stunning images of Wellington’s flora and fauna, taken at dusk, bring a special glow to the inner city in this popular outdoor exhibition space, imbuing our everyday surroundings with a new sense of wonder and connection to Te Taiao.
In Māori, Māhina can mean ‘dusk’ or ‘twilight’. In French, there is a saying ‘entre chien et loup’ or between dog and wolf. The Scottish refer to it as ‘the gloaming’.
“Every culture has myths, fables, and stories around this time” says Wilcox. “It is a time when the daylight has its last glow, an almost mystical period when time is caught before suddenly it has moved on”.
Wilcox has captured her images within the very short time periods of dusk, around Pōneke’s paths and walkways, in the Botanic Gardens ki Paekākā, and Ōtari Wilton’s Bush.
These are spaces Wellingtonians walk through often, to and from work, or relax, and play in. Spaces we revisit to connect ourselves to the environment. Wilcox’s images, photographed during 2020-2021, remind us that these spaces are part of something bigger than ourselves.
Her images are part of an ongoing series, captured over a year, published in the photobook ‘Between dog and wolf’, July 2021, and series of zines ‘Māhina’, June 2021.
About the artist
Jane Wilcox has been working at Massey University for over twenty years as the Technical Services manager /Head Technician within Whiti o Rehua School of Art. She holds a Diploma in Photography - Wellington Polytechnic and a BFA (Hons) Massey University.
Wilcox has exhibited 'Play/Childhood Landscapes' at Photospace, Wellington; The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt; Engine Room, Massey University; Blender Gallery, Sydney, Australia, and The Coningsby Gallery, London. Her photobooks include 'Between Dog and Wolf' (highly commended and a finalist in Aotearoa Photobook Award 2022) and 'Between perfection and beauty' (nominated for the best antipodean photo books 2019), published through Bad News books.
In 2021 Wilcox co-curated (with Caroline McQuarrie) and exhibited in 'Quicken; photography touch', at The Engine Room, Massey University, 2021.