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Gill Gatfield

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Auckland, Auckland 930, New Zealand
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Email: gill@gatfield.co.nz
URL: http://www.gillgatfield.com

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New Zealand artist Gill Gatfield  creates conceptual abstract sculptures and installations using rare stones, unique timbers, crystal-clear glass, fibres and native grass. Her minimalist forms provoke thought, tempt touch and create reflective space within architectural and natural environments. Gatfield’s minimalist aesthetic is imbued with ideas which intersect disciplines: aesthetics, philosophy, history, nature and psychology. Since her first solo exhibition in 1999, she has exhibited widely in NZ, Australia, USA and Europe, won national and international recognition, and commissions for place-making work.

Major works include Native Tongue, a totemic I-figure carved from 45,000 year old ancient kauri; Silhouette made from glacial stone and Indian granite, marking the edge of a lava flow at a city transport station; The Kiss, a four tonne black monolith which embraces its audience, and Half Glass, an 'impossible' form and metaphor for human aspiration. For the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale ‘Time, Space, Existence’ exhibition, Gill created Zealandia from a precious alpine stone from the mountains of the South Island NZ. In 2018, her work was also presented at A18 American Institute of Architecture in New York. She was the 2015 Artist in Residence at Kvindemuseet Denmark, and 2019 Sculpture Fellow at Vermont Studio Centre USA. 

Gatfield’s minimalist aesthetic is imbued with ideas which intersect disciplines: aesthetics, philosophy, history, nature and psychology. Since her first solo exhibition in 1999, she has exhibited widely in NZ, Australia, USA and Europe, won national and international recognition, and commissions for place-making work.