Public Artwork

Digital Monument in Capital City

Sept. 2023. Excitement is building and preparations underway for the unveiling of a new public artwork to be located between the sky and sea. The virtual monument is commissioned by the Wellington Sculpture Trust to celebrate 40 years of enriching public art in Aotearoa NZ’s capital city, and will be launched at a special event at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The large-scale work carves new dimensions in digital and physical space.

International Dark Sky Park

Mount Aenos Greece Activation

July 2023.  Activations from dawn to dusk on Mt Aenos, the highest mountain peak in the Ionion Islands, bind In Absentia to the ancient rock as the glass I-figures reach for the sky. In the Global UNESCO Geopark, Mt Aenos is a designated International Dark Sky Park and Greek national park with unique ecology, biodiversity, and cultural heritage. Bringing the Metaverse to the Mountain, the transient sculpture reflects the mountain's micro-climate, mystically appearing and disappearing on cloud-covered ridges and cypress and pine clad slopes.

UNESCO Global Geopark Kefalonia

IN ABSENTIA Activations

12 July 2023. A sunset opening and heartwarming reception for In Absentia in Farsa, a village of two parts beside the Ionian Sea. Presented in a circle in the village square, the activation drew together a community focussing on the future as it rebuilds its heritage, reconnecting with Old Farsa, a C16th century stone fishing village on the mountainside that was abandoned after the devastating 1959 Earthquake. The digital sculpture is activated throughout July in unique locations in the UNESCO geopark Island of Kefalonia with its welcoming people, mythical landscapes and deep cultural histories. In Absentia in Farsa is presented by Ionion Center for the Arts & Culture and Farsa Village Council with ‘We Are Nature' International Festival 2023 and UNESCO GeoPark Kefalonia.

International Festival

'We Are Nature' Festival + In Absentia

6 July 2023. 'In Absentia' has been selected for presentation in the inaugural 'We Are Nature' International Festival, a multidisciplinary arts and culture event in Kefalonia Greece. Combining light installations, forest weavings and cultural activities, the festival is supported by the Greek Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency (NECCA), Ionion Center for Arts & Cuture, and Kefalonia municipal authorities. The festival will run in special sites across the Island from July-September 2023.

Artist in Residence Award

Artist Residency - Ionion Center for the Arts & Culture

June 2023. Site specific research and development of the new virtual sculpture In Absentia will start in UNESCO Geopark sites of the Ionion island of Kefalonia supported by a one month residency and exhibition grant awarded by the Ionion Center for the Arts & Culture Greece. Gatfield's residency project includes experimentation and activations of the digital presence in sites of antiquity and special significance in geology, ecology and culture in the Geopark, a gem in the Ionion sea imbued with ancient history and philosophy. The Ionion Center's programmes are designed and led by international artists and academics, including curatorial lead Dr Haytham Nawar, aiming to advance and promote creative collaborations across the fields of research, arts, technology, science and the environment.

New Virtual Monument

May 2023. A new shape-shifting monument, In Absentia, will be developed for international presentations under the Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Global Digital New Work programme. Intended for audience engagement and participation, and backed by three years of interdisciplinary research and experiments, the virtual sculpture will crystallise in the viewer’s imagination and be physically experienced in 3D, in real time and space. The work explores how futuristic forms create new possibilities and connections between people, environment, technology, time and place. Research and development will continue in Greece at the Ionion Center for Arts & Culture Greece (June-July 2023) and in further site specific locations of unique signficance.

In Absentia 2023
crystal glass, Acropolis marble, extended reality
3.53mH x 3mDia.

Artist Residency

Poison Creek Sculpture Project NZ

2023 Artist in Residence is awarded to NZ based international artist Gill Gatfield by Poison Creek Sculpture Project. High on the foothills of Mount Pisa in Te Waipounamu / South Island NZ. Poison Creek hosts a dynamic contemporary sculpture collection that celebrates and supports Aotearoa's finest sculptors and rising stars. Gill Gatfield's residency project will evolve across two seasons in this wilderness landscape, experimenting with new materials and ideas and exploring the healing and spiritual powers of this magical place as she creates an enchanting site-specific work that connects with Poison Creek's unique ecology and cultural landscape.


New Digital Sculpture Video

Native Tongue XR Venezia

Jan. 2023. A new video reveals the magic of Native Tongue XR, an ephemeral presence experienced at over 3 metres / 10ft high in real time and place during Venice Art Biennale 2022. Showcased by the European Cultural Centre for 7 months in the exhibition 'Personal Structures', the digital monument was created by over 3,000 art enthusiasts inside the Giardini della Marinessa and on the monumental Venetian waterfront.


Review - UNITY in Venice


Oct.-Dec. 2022. "Launching at Paris Photo 2022, XIBT Magazine includes a critique of captivating conceptual artist and thinker, Gill Gatfield's UNITY by writer and curator Roxane Latrèche:

At once totem and monument, personal spiritual token and collective unyielding pillar, Gill Gatfield’s UNITY probes the symbols for which it stands. Among the sinuous waters and alleys of Venice, its two specifically-sited I-forms materialise. One nestled on a wall; a jewel among the many pendants that adorn the halls of the 15th-century Palazzo Bembo, built on the Canal Grande to house the treasures of a noble merchant family – Harmony, a miniature sculpture, a crest to its surroundings. The other erected on the ground; a virtual stela among the perennial pines of the Giardini della Marinaressa, confronting the storied lagoon as have for centuries warring and parading ships – Native Tongue XR, a monumental digital structure, a vestige of its histories. ..."


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