Jane Molloy Wolt

Jane Molloy-Wolt was born in Christchurch, and has lived in Kerikeri since 2011.

Wolt studied at Christchurch Polytechnic, Fashion and Interior Design.

Established fashion label and denim jeans label in late 1980’s , 1998.

Canterbury Museum, Entomology Dept – Illustrated Cadis fly for Scientist Alex McFarlane.

Commissioned by Dunedin Scenic Circle group, to paint 20 large works in 2002, 2003.       Partner and designer of five Christchurch stores 1990 – 2001

Commissioned by Dunedin Scenic Circle group, to paint 20 large works in 2002, 2003.

Works have sold through Christchurch Studio Artist tours, 2003, 2004, 2006 and are in private collections throughout New Zealand, Queensland, Sydney, Denmark, London, Singapore and Los Angeles.


A personal experience of the Canterbury earthquake has led to four years of recording video, photos and sketches as part of her process to document place and time. Wolt’s recent works expose the transient nature of post-quake Christchurch and its unstable, political and social environment addressing displacement and growing poverty in the Eastern suburbs of Christchurch. The geographical changes which affected the natural landscape have influenced an interest in cartography reflected in many of these works. There is an ongoing commentary of removal and rebuilding within the empty landscape.

The works also deal with vast stories about history, nature, tectonic activity, urbanism, memories and pain. Exploring a wide range of media, including collage, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics connections are being made to my reality and Christchurch.

Maps have routinely been used as a starting point in many works detailing topographical information including streets, roads, aquifers, sewers, estuaries and housing. These marks of information are equally important on their own, transferred to canvas or paper, representation of a unique language.

Works emerge through a multi-layering of simple, gestures from abstraction to kind of hybrid Pop art where techniques including spray-paint, indian ink, acrylics, sharpies, pastels, charcoals and graphite. Sometimes entire layers are covered and lost through the repetitive process of layering mediums, stamping, stencilling, rollers, scratching, washing away, marking, smudging and repainting. With this loose style of painting there are always imperfections, slips, hairs, footprints, hand smudges, all adding to the individuality of the work.

Maps and mapping have become a way of articulation issues of identity, displacement, journeys and personal experience. They are the material fragments of an historical event and have become symbols for a multi-layered narrative with reference to different times and geographical places within Christchurch.