NZ based sculptor Gill Gatfield wins international awards and commissions for her strong, elegant abstract-conceptual artworks that touch hearts and minds.
Gill's work draws deeply from elemental forms and the remarkable and often rare materials she searches for around the world; including ancient stones and timbers she finds in hidden locations. Her sculptures and installations hold powerful narratives that connect deeply with people and place.
Major large-scale public artworks include a monumental black granite love-mark 'The Kiss' in Denmark, the ancient stone 'Zealandia' at the 2018 Venice Biennale and now at Government House Auckland, 'Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa)' a potent political metaphor made from 16.5 tonnes of glass smashed in a Silo, and 'Asterisk' a rare Australian marble sculpture in Sydney's new public parklands. From her show-stopping work 'The Snake Charmer' at Aotearoa Art Fair 2021, Gill went on to launch a ground-breaking extended reality sculpture 'Native Tongue XR' at Sculpture by the Sea in Western Australia.
This beautiful 'Survey' show operates on multiple levels. It highlights a carefully chosen selection of works created over two decades of her abstract art practice - a tableau of glass figures, grass landscapes, monochromatic grids, magnetic fields and ancient stone markers. Each sensory work prompts closer inspection and raises questions about materiality, form and meaning. Combined, the 'Survey' opens up into wider activist narratives that ask deeper questions about relationships, systems, time and place.