NZ artist Gill Gatfield creates inspiring abstract sculptures that combine sensory materials with poetic narratives about humanity, nature and place. Using rare stones and timbers, crystal-clear glass, fibre and native grass, her minimalist forms provoke thought and tempt touch. For the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018, Gill created Zealandia, a futurist symbol of human DNA carved from a precious ancient NZ stone est. 100 million years old. The Kiss, a monumental black granite love-mark exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea Denmark and SCAPE Public Art NZ won an international 2017 Landscape Art CODAaward. Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) 2019, a 30mH silo filled with 16.5 tonnes of broken glass, smashed and re-imagined the metaphoric 'glass ceiling', shifting hearts and mindsets in a powerful sensory experience. Gill has Master of Fine Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws, was Artist in Residence at Kvindemuseet Denmark 2015, Sculpture Fellow at Vermont Studio Centre USA 2019, NZ Women of Influence Award Finalist 2019 and CODAworx Creative Revolutionary 2020.
Gill Gatfield, Zealandia in Venice