'Glass Ceiling' Award

Glass Ceiling Top100 public art project

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.

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Editorial WSN

New Era Narratives

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

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World Sculpture News

'Glass Ceiling' hits World Sculpture News

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

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US Artist Residency

Sculpture Fellowship - Vermont Studio Centre

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.

NZ Photography Magazine

'Glass Ceiling' featured in D-Photo

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.

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Art News NZ

Headlining Art News NZ

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."  Editorial, Art News NZ Vol.39 No.1 Autumn 2019

Artist Talk

Traversing Layers of 'Glass Ceiling'

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.

'Glass Ceiling' Review

National Business Review features new exhibition

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.”

John Daly-Peoples 'New exhibition looks at the body, feminism, climate change and recycling' NBR 7 Feb 2019

Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa)

'Glass Ceiling' smashed at Silo Park NZ

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

Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa), concrete silo, 16.5T glass. 6.7mDia. x 30mH. Site-specific monument. Exhibition: LIP(S) Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland NZ.

2019 Exhibition

New Exhibition @ Silo Park Auckland NZ

Kickstarting 2019 with monumental new work in the iconic industrial public art space at Silo Park with the group exhibition LIP(S). Highlighting multi-disciplinary practice, works include sculpture, poetry, performance, sound and film installations by a diverse cast of NZ creatives: Carol Brown, Phil Dadson, Gill Gatfield, Peata Larkin, Courtney Sina Meredith, and Sharonagh Montrose, with curator Claire Ulenberg.  At Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland 1 Feb. - 1 March.

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