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About a Girl: photographic/mixed-media exhibition

About a Girl

new photographic and mixed-media works
by Maire Smith, Grant Buist, and Rachel Woolford with Kirsty O’Dowd

The exciting and unique exhibition About a Girl opened in Wellington this week.

About a Girl consists of portraits of one model by a group of artists.

Maire Smith works in oil and other media on canvas – including an unusual combination of body paint, photography (with Kirsty O’Dowd), and oil painting – to create pictures that express her reactions to the model’s personality.

Grant Buist works with digitally enhanced photography to produce elegant, deceptively simple images reminiscent of the work of Aubrey Beardsley.

Rachel Woolford re-directs techniques she’s developed for still-life and nature photography to explore human form and character, producing sensitive works that explore the model's interaction with her environment.

The exhibition as a whole provides a fascinating illustration of how different artists can react to one source of inspiration, as well as recording the changes in the artists’ perceptions of the model over time as they have interacted with her in the second half of 2004 and early 2005.

Mezzo Gallery (first floor, Wellington Central Public Library) Hours: 10–6 daily (closed Sundays), 14–31 March 2005

The exhibition is online at from 12 March.

For further information or to purchase any of the works, view the website at or email the artists at

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