Gilgamesh Weeps


Painting

Gilgamesh Weeps

1970

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), while structuring 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 situated her research in the field of history, myth and mind/body sciences beginning with "The epic of Gilgamesh" which is considered the first great literature.

1219 x 1219 mm

Te Moana studio, Geraldine, South Canterbury, New Zealand

1970-01-01, 1971-01-01, 1972-01-01, Christchurch, Dunedin

Good

Wellington: artist's home



Spectrum New myths for our time Mutation Multiple Is Identity Difference ART PRACTICE