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We are delighted to be able to take you behind the scenes to engage up close with the work of three amazing artists who share a studio on Courtney Place.
Virginia and Juliet will be giving an in depth talk about their work. We are sure you will find the processes that they use fascinating. We will end the tour with a viewing of Rachael’s work.
Some of you may remember Virginia Woods-Jack from previous visits to Max Patté’s studio in Miramar. Virginia is a British-born photographic artist and curator currently living and working in Wellington and has recently opened up her new studio. She is also the founder/curator of Women in Photography NZ & AU. In her practice, water is explored as an archive for desire, history, memory and ecological trauma. By doing so, she aims to understand how memory informs the way people interact with the natural environment to highlight the importance of care in navigating the climate crisis. She explores notions of connection to place, materiality and memory to consider relationships between the human and more-than-human worlds.
Juliet Black is a Wellington based graphic designer and photographer. She is the founder of Blacklight, where she combined her love of paper and eye for clean lines and lighting to make origami inspired light shades. The importance of lighting spaces beautifully inspired the creation of the shades. A creator at heart Juliet sees value in hand crafted products, each shade made with love and care for clients. When asked how she would introduce herself in an interview with the founders of fashion label hej hej, Juliet described herself as a maker, plant lover, paper fanatic, compost enthusiast, mother of three, cloud gazer, playlist curator, font snob, biking advocate, strong believer in the power of hugs.
Rachael Weeber moved to Wellington in 2012 to study fine arts at Massey University. In 2016, she graduated with honours and has remained in Wellington to work, drawing and painting from her flat in Mt. Cook. Rachael’s works are often influenced by the western notion of death as macabre and taboo. Inspired by her trips to funeral homes, her watercolour paintings straddle the figurative and abstract, referencing the physical deterioration of the human body’s post-mortem changes using colour.
Studio Directions: The studio is located at 30 Courtenay Place, Level 1. There are 29 steps, banisters (handrails) on both sides.