NZ Art Fair

Aotearoa Art Fair - 'The Snake Charmer'

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

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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Augmented Reality

CODAsummit 2020 'Art, Technology & Place'

Oct 2020. Featured at CODAsummit Virtual 2020, the artist describes the journey of creating the digital alter-ego of her iconic sculpture Native Tongue. The 3m/10ft high sculpture is carved from the heartwood of a rare majestic ancient kauri tree carbon-dated at over 45,000 years old, predating the migration of Neanderthals across Europe and the invention of human language. Shaped as a pronoun ‘I’ and the number ‘One’, Native Tongue XR  is projected at full scale into new environments through augmented reality, bringing the past into the present.

Native Tongue at CODAsummit Virtual

Intersection of Art, Technology & Place

Sept/Oct 2020. CODAsummit Virtual 2020 presents Gill Gatfield 'Native Tongue - A Taonga / Treasure', exploring how creative use of technology expands and redefines the creative field. In an alchemy of old and new, the artist carved the totemic sculpture Native Tongue from a prehistoric wood recovered from an ancient forest buried at the end of the last Ice Age in Aotearoa New Zealand. Seeking to extend the ideas and form of Native Tongue, she created the sculpture's alter-ego using state of the art augmented reality tools, creating 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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Exhibition 2020

Exhibition The Vivian

Dec 2019-Feb 2020. The Vivian presents work by Gill Gatfield in the Summer Show, a curated exhibition at the purpose-designed spacious gallery north of Auckland, with Australian artists Sally Gabori, Patricia Piccinini and Stephen Benwell, and NZ artists Monique Lacey, Rebecca Wallis, Peter Panyoczki, Cruz Jimenez, Iain Cheesman and Seung Yul Oh.

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NZ Public Art

SCAPE book

Nov. 2019. A new critically acclaimed book by Dr Warren Feeney reviews the exceptional public artworks and projects commissioned by Christchurch based SCAPE Public Art, NZ's premier international bi-annual sculpture exhibition. This 20 year survey includes an interview of artist Gill Gatfield and images of her 4 tonne granite sculpture The Kiss installed on the neo-gothic quad at Christ's College. "An essential book for anyone interested in public art" Andrew Paul Wood, EyeContact Nov 2019

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