Gabby O'Connor is an installation artist living in Wellington
She really likes icebergs and the stories and science of
exploring Antarctica. Her projects all take a lot of time.
Her next project is called some time.
For this work she will be making the edge of the edge of the
Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica, utilising only tissue paper, staples,
light and space.
some time will be exhibited at the Corban Estate Arts
Centre in Henderson Auckland opening on May 16, 2013
This work will be made from thousands of sheets of tissue paper
hand dyed and cut into geometric shapes. These will then be
constructed to create a site-specific installation that responds to
the architecture of the gallery. In essence she will be making
certain architectural features disappear and the audience will be
faced with a looming, multifaceted paper ice shelf. The work itself
will cover an area of approximately 40sq m but when dismantled,
will fit into a suitcase.
O'Connor has self funded the first few stages of the project and
needs a boost to get to the finish line.
Gabby is looking for support with exhibition presentation costs:
including getting the work and herself to Auckland for the 7 day
installation period and to cover accommodation near the gallery for
herself and baby who will be 1 year old at the time.
Gabby O'Connor's most recent exhibition series was titledwhat
lies beneath. Those works depicted the seldom seen submerged part
of an iceberg. Specifically, the icebergs that will eventually
calve off the Ross Ice Shelf containing the bodies of Robert Falcon
Scott and his crew "sometime" in the future. They were the largest
works that she'd created being 14m long and 4m high in parts.what
lies beneathwas shown at the City Gallery in Wellington, House of
Waiwera, Auckland and the North Wall in Oxford, UK.
This new work continues to reflect on Scott and his crew's
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