Solo Exhbition

Gill Gatfield's solo show ‘Survey’ operates on manifold levels. The exhibition surveys key building blocks across two decades of an abstract art practice, presenting a tableau of glass figures, dormant landscapes, magnetic fields and ancient stone markers. Each sensory artwork prompts closer inspection and sparks questions about materiality, form and meaning. Collectively, Survey opens up into wider activist narratives questioning our relationships, values, systems, time and place.

Exhibition Dates: 9 April - 2 May 2021
Scott Lawrie Gallery - 2 Murdoch Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland NZ
Thurs to Sun, 11am to 5pm

Private and online viewings available 

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International Sculpture Exhibition

'Native Tongue XR' launched in Australia

March 2021. Presented for the first time in Western Australia at Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, the ancient kauri digital sculpture 'Native Tongue XR' speaks to the fast approaching future of interactive technology – bringing the private world of personal digital devices into the shared art experience of public space. Visitors encircle and explore the 3m/10ft. high extended reality sculpture at full scale, and see the rich grain of the heartwood of this giant tree buried in Aotearoa NZ at the end of the last Ice Age. An ephemeral form shaped as the pronoun ‘I’ and numeral One, Native Tongue XR speaks of primacy, spirit figures, and other worlds. It is the alter-ego, an ‘other I’, encouraging human reflection on our connections with ancestors, country, community and environment.

The biennial sculpture exhibition near Perth attracts over 200,000 visitors, and in 2021 presents 70 new sculptures by artists from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Denmark, Netherlands, UK, Switzerland, Czechia, Slovakia, USA, Australia and NZ.

The Snake Charmer

'Magnetic' artwork

Feb 2021. 'At the Aotearoa Art Fair, The Snake Charmer raises the bar and acts as a reminder about the magnetic pull and attraction of a work of art as an object and its potency for mystery and imagination. The Snake Charmer is absolutely the right work of art to remind us about the attraction of an art object as representative of a great idea to be uncovered/discovered and that this is the pull/attraction of the visitor numbers and the enthusiasm for attending the Art Fair': Dr Warren Feeney, NZ Art Historian and Editor, Art Beat

NZ Art Fair

Aotearoa Art Fair - 'The Snake Charmer'

Feb 2021. New Zealand's international Auckland Aotearoa Art Fair features The Snake Charmer in the inaugral Sculpture Space on the waterfront overlooking the America's Cup yachts and glistening harbour. The granite sculpture embodies the form of the first person, the number One, and the declaratory First. Set within a circular garden of healing native plants based on Rongoā Māori, the sculptural tableau draws audiences in to contemplate and touch. Like a siren or guardian, The Snake Charmer watches over land and sea.

Creative Revolution

Welcome to the Creative Revolution!

Dec. 2020. International art commission platform CODAworx has recognised NZ artist Gill Gatfield as one of 25 Creative Revolutionaries: ‘exemplary leaders of positive change in the field of commissioned art - to celebrate, to learn from, to set the bar.’ In an online panel 'Welcome to the Creative Revolution!', Gill joins three other Creative Revolutionaries to present her practice and share strategies and ideas with an audience from across the globe, exploring what it means to make public art that promotes change in the commissioned art space.

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International Conference

Intersection of Art, Technology & Place

Sept/Oct 2020. At CODAsummit Virtual 2020 Gill Gatfield presents 'Native Tongue - A Taonga / Treasure', exploring how creative use of digital technology will redefine and expand the fields of sculpture and public art. In an alchemy of old and new, the artist carved the totemic 3m/10ft high sculpture Native Tongue from a prehistoric wood recovered from a native forest which was buried at the end of the last Ice Age in Aotearoa New Zealand. Seeking to extend the ideas, form and mana of Native Tongue, she created the sculpture's alter-ego using state-of-the-art extended reality tools to realise Native Tongue XR, a spirit figure that can travel the world.

New Limited Edition Artwork

Glass Ceiling 2020

Marking a pivotal year in the tumultous landscape of global human rights, a new framed archival photograph captures a broken metaphor. No longer an invisible barrier or higher goal beyond reach, the smashed glass ceiling is exposed, glittering at ground level. Still part of the architecture, wall-hung on the inside, Glass Ceiling 2020 reveals an operating system that seduces and repels, controlling entry at the threshold; a sublime and precarious terrain. Framed by concrete arches reminiscent of a Roman forum, Glass Ceiling presents a place and context for the exchange of new ideas.

Public Art Commission

'Asterisk' lands in Sydney!

July 2020. A new public artwork for Sydney, Asterisk (12m Dia. x 1mH) combines ancient stones and cultural heritage with celestial form to celebrate human journeys past and present. The site specific sculpture welcomes visitors and locals to the entrance of a new sculpture park developed by NSW Government and Westconnex on 18 hectares of open space, part of a major transport infrastructure project. The sculpture's title refers to the Greek word 'asteriskos' meaning: little star. The intersecting stone, sourced from the far corners of Australia - Pilbara, Chillagoe and Sydney, reveals beautiful markings that track the history of the oldest continent on Earth. A unique composite made from rock recovered from tunnelling deep beneath the site anchors this star to place - oriented to Ginan, a small star recently renamed with its ancient Aboriginal astronomy star-name. Placed on Cadigal and Kameygal land, the sculpture's intriguing shadows indicate new directions within a circle of heritage stone that once lined local roads.

Zealandia (At Home) Abroad

Virtual Exhibition - 'Touch'

April 2020. WomanMade Gallery Chicago presents a curated virtual exhibtion, aptly titled 'Touch' during a global pandemic lock-down. Zealandia (At Home) joins selected international multimedia works each navigating the pyschology of human need for connection with nature, community and aspiration in times of turmoil.

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Creative Leadership Award

25 Creative Revolutionaries for 2020

Jan. 2020. International commissioned art platform CODAworx honours 25 Creative Revolutionaries - "artists and arts collaborators, leading the way for positive change", among them NZ sculptor Gill Gatfield:

"an activist and an alchemist, creating beautiful minimalist artworks packed with complexity. Inventive in form and meaning, her work draws audiences to engage through sensory experience and inspired philosophical meanings. From a platform of inclusion, Gill's public artworks challenge the status quo, raising eyebrows, questions, and the bar for minimalist art in contemporary practice. ..."

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