Object Name: Painting
Title: Gilgamesh Weeps 1970
Description: Gilgamesh Weeps is one in a series of square paintings, made in 1970, which used industrial polyurethane spray cans and stencils on board. At the centre of this painting is a large oval mirror with refracted light and spectrum on its bevelled edges. It sits in a plane of translucent liquid drops below a draped curtain.
The series used industrial materials and processes, for their expression of the zeitgeist in 1970 and investigated formal means ( the grid, symmetry, spectrum, square, circle, triangle) to structure a visual language of signs which would simultaneously reference a different model to the then dominant NZ model of a nationalistic image of the land and birds. The artist had positioned her research widely, linking the field of gender tensions in Western history, myth and metaphysics with attention to dominant political structures; difference in female/male, mind/body experience; and new research in body sciences. Her interest in Inanna, Enkido and Enki lead to"The epic of Gilgamesh" which is considered the first great Western literature.
Size: 1219 x 1219 mm
Where Made: Te Moana studio, Geraldine, South Canterbury, New Zealand
Where Used: 1970-01-01, 1971-01-01, 1972-01-01, Christchurch, Dunedin
Current Location: Wellington: artist's home