From idea to realisation, the sounds and sensations of Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) are captured in video, revealing the conceptual topography of a public artwork that challenges and uplifts. Filmed at Silo Park, Auckland 2019. (4 mins.)
June 2019. 'Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa)' is a Top100 project in the 2019 CODAawards. This international award, juried by 18 art and design thought leaders, celebrates outstanding site specific public art projects. Supported by Creative NZ, 'Glass Ceiling' is a monumental sculpture with over 200 million shards of glass flooding the floor of a 30mH Silo, forming an undulating glass pool, a beautiful sensory experience, and a powerful political metaphor for change.
May 2019. "Sculpture at the start of the 21st century has many beguiling faces", writes World Sculpture News Editor, Ian Findlay-Brown. Considering the work of Munkhsetseg Jalkhaajav, Gill Gatfield and Bernar Venet, Findlay-Brown observes: "Through his unique perspective on art-making and his creative flair Venet has sought to present conceptual narratives for our new era. This is also true for the New Zealand artist Gill Gatfield. Gatfield's minimalist and conceptual abstract sculptures and site-specific works are powerful social and political statements heightened by her attention to her materials, which are often precious and unique. ..." World Sculpture News Editorial, Winter 2019
May-Aug. 2019. "At night with the play of light, Glass Ceiling appears to have an aura. In the daylight, it seems edgy and difficult but, when sunlight fills the space, it is suddenly luminous and seductive." Art critic Warren Feeney considers the sensory impact of Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) in an indepth interview with the artist, exploring the work's materiality, site-specific content, politics and metaphors, and the public's response. 'Smashing the Glass Ceiling' World Sculpture News, Winter 2019, pp46-50
May-June 2019. Awarded a Jerry Shore Sculpture Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Centre, an interdisciplinary international residency programme for visual artists and writers, Gill will develop and present new work from a high-stud studio overlooking the Ghon River. The Spring 2019 programme includes resident presentations, studio critiques and talks by visiting artists and scholars including Dan Chiasson, Dona Nelson, Jay Heikes, Coco Fusco, Gregory Amenoff, and Chigozie Obiama.
Award winning NZ photographer Rachel Spillane captured the sensory experience of Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) in different lights including this shot of a young boy considering the 'No Entry' sign, published by NZ's leading photography magazine D-Photo Autumn issue 2019.
Autumn 2019. On the cover of New Zealand's leading contemporary arts publication, Gatfield's Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa): "A starkly impressive dialogue between site and materials, abstract metaphor and physicality. ... [This] work by sculptor Gill Gatfield, reflects on a profound issue without offering easy answers - the 16.5 tonnes of shattered glass in Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) suggest that progress can be made while threats remain."
14.2.19 Artist Gill Gatfield presents a talk at Silo Park Auckland on the inspiration behind Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) and how ideas unfold through interconnections of materials, concept, form, scale and site to create meaning and sensory experiences for viewers.
Feb 2019. National Business Review art critic John Daly-Peoples reviews the multimedia exhibition LIP(S) at Silo Park, including Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) by Gill Gatfield, "a dramatic and impressive work" made from sixteen tonnes of smashed glass:
“The mass of glass is both beautiful and hazardous, invitingly tactile but dangerous to the touch. The undulating surface of the glass forms a shimmering landscape with the curved folds reminiscent of indentations made by human bodies.”
Feb 2019. "Gatfield’s Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) possesses all the qualities anticipated in her work: an engaging physical experience of materials and site; a visual paradox about light, transparency and darkness; a metaphor about the politics of equality in the 21st century; and a celebration of and open-ended questions about the ideas and values of humanity." Dr Warren Feeney, Glass Ceiling 2019 Catalogue
Exhibition: LIP(S) Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland NZ.