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 breaks the status quo. Filmed at Silo Park, Auckland 2019. (4 mins.)
May-June 2019. Awarded a Sculpture Fellowship at the international Vermont Studio Centre, an interdisciplinary 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.
Photographer Rachel Spillane documented the sensory experience of Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) in different lights, including this shot of a young boy pausing at the 'No Entry' sign, published by New Zealand's top 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.
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.
Oct. 2018. An evocative essay by Italian scholar Andrea Lombardo, 'Stone-thinking from Zealandia: The art of Gill Gatfield' is published by Academia.edu, a research platform used by academics worldwide. In an allegory of humanity's disconnect with nature, Lombardo writes "Gatfield's sculpture is the break point we need to see with new eyes: it brings us to the panoramic view, where we can feel again the essence of Earth and of human life, in focus." (Abridged article published by Artslife.com 18 Sept. 2018.)
Sept - Oct. 2018. The International Sculpture Centre selected Zealandia as one of 25 sculptures promoted at the ISC booth during EXPO Chicago and in an online exhibition, through to 11 Oct. Opening the fall art season each September, EXPO Chicago hosts leading international art galleries and arts organisations, presenting global contemporary art and culture.