Johanna Mechen – being Mother and Artist
Lower Hutt based Photographer and filmmaker Johanna Mechen has been collaborating with her children for her new body of work - exploring the ways motherhood impacts on creativity. The works have been created as the inaugural Toi Poneke visual arts resident in Wellington, funded by Wellington City Council. And she's very open about both the inspiration that comes from having children, and the fact that it inevitably means you have less time and energy to produce your art. She often collaborates with other artists but working with her children was a first. Johanna has worked on her exhibition Sonorous Shadow after being chosen for the inaugural visual arts residency offered by Toi Poneke in Wellington. Sonorous Shadow opens at Wellington's Toi Poneke Gallery on Saturday.