Portrait of Helen Hitchings – 1950


This photograph, minus my and the gallery’s reflections, was taken by Bristow Mawley. It is of Hitchins who at 29 opened an art gallery in Bond Street, Wellington, to show works by her artist friends. The caption to the picture at the Te Papa art gallery quotes her as saying:

Somewhere we have lost feelings, and our intuitive and imaginative senses need stimulating again… we are mainly occupied with tasks that make no demand on the imagination…

We need desperately to feel and handle things ourselves… as a stimulus to our own self-expression.

A quote that could equally apply to now and anywhere rather than to 1950’s New Zealand. 

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