On Saturday 11 December from 10-4pm Gow Langsford Gallery held an open studio day for Grace Wright to showcase a new series of works.
Earlier this year Grace Wright moved into a temporary, much larger studio. The proportions of the disused warehouse space in Auckland's Parnell enabled her to take on a new challenge and create works on a scale she has not attempted before. The focus of this new body of work is two colossal-sized paintings each five by three meters. Of the new works Grace says:
"Working on this new cathedral-like scale has been a liberating experience and one that demanded a different performance from my body. I was interested in how female painters like Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) created her monumental series The Ten Largest by painting them on the floor (as evidenced by the occasional footprint).
Creating these works was incredibly physical. Moving above the painting was a new perspective and resulted in a more dance-like movement. Navigating wet areas and sweeping long gestures, my body moved in a semi-choreographed balletic motion, directed by the painting. The emerging atmosphere of each work can be read as a duality: One light like a simulated heavenly vision, and the other dark like an astro-fantasy plane."