Mahani is a visual artist based in Wellington, New Zealand, with a penchant for pastels, patterns, print-making and pictures.
Originally from Western Australia, she has a Grad. Dip in Photomedia from Edith Cowan University and a Masters in Art (printmaking) from the College of Fine Art UNSW (now UNSWAAD). With a background in design, Mahani's work is comprised of photography, illustration, graphic and textile design.
Calling a new city home every few years has created a need to explore and record her environment, either with a camera or a pencil. With photography Mahani is drawn to mundane, everyday scenes that are devoid of superfluous detail and often go unnoticed by the passerby. She uses unexpected colours to evoke a playful sense of serenity. Mahani's illustrations are usually the opposite, full of lines, inviting the viewer to inspect more closely. In contrast to surveying the built environment she is also drawn to botanical motifs and patterns in nature.