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Aotearoa New Zealand born 1958

Atmospheric Optics IX 2009
Collection Title: Atmospheric Optics
Materials & Technique: photographs, lenticular digital print pigment inks on polypropylene with lenticular lens) Edition: 1/5. edition of 5 + 2 AP

Dimensions: image 90.0 h x 120.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2009
Accession No: NGA 2009.175
Image rights: © Megan Jenkinson

What I’ve done is visualise a lot of the things I didn’t see … I’m interested in this gap between description and what you actually see with your eyes.

Megan Jenkinson

When Jenkinson was awarded a fellowship to visit Antarctica she was clear on what she wanted to achieve:  to show its vastness and light, its colours and atmospheric effects. The region is famous for its aurora – the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights – luminous displays of colour in the upper atmosphere caused by solar wind, which appear on clear, cold winter nights – Jenkinson, however, was in Antarctica in summer, a time of perpetual sunlight: the images were created later in her Auckland studio using cloth. Her work is one of imagination, engaging with questions around our experience versus our expectations and with the perennial question of truth and photography. Jenkinson uses the lenticular image process, involving the digital reconstitution of several images into a single print.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra