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Wanda Gillespie | LEVITATION PRACTICE

BY Erin Kinley | 13-Sep-2016
NZ born artist Wanda Gillespie has a new solo exhibition of carved matai-wood sculptures showing at MARS from 29 September - 15 October. Gillespie uses sculpture, photography and video to explore fictions and ideas around history, culture, ritual and ceremony. 'Levitation Practice' is a visual representation of mystical practices, described by Gillespie as "artefacts from a future time are presented, exploring the possibility of alternate realities where all exists simultaneously and time is mere illusion.” Gillespie migrated to Australia in 2000, returning to New Zealand briefly to complete her BFA at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, going on to complete a Masters of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2009 she was the recipient of the VCA’s Vulcan Steel Tutorship Award Art and in 2014 she received the Australia Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award.
Venue: MARS
Address: 7 James Street, Windsor, VIC 3181
Date: Thursday, 29 September 2016
Time: 6-8pm
Ticket: Free
Web: http://marsgallery.com.au/wanda-gillespie-levitation-practice/
: https://www.facebook.com/events/1781310492125341/
Seeker 2 (Kai),
Woodcarving (Ash), wood, fur, fabric
160 x 70 x 50mm
“A visual representation of mystical practices, Levitation Practice uses wood carved figurative sculptures to instruct ‘seekers’ on a possible path for transcendence from the physical to spirit worlds.

The exact historical creation of these figures is uncertain. Many speculations point to their being from around the 2160s, a time of great spiritual enquiry and reflection, when survivors commemorated 80 years since the colossal environmental disaster of 2083 that saw most of the earth’s human, animal and plant life extinct.

The material nature of the figures confirms their connection with the Asia Pacific region, with specific plant life from Australia and Aotearoa (New Zealand) from the era of regeneration. The use of wood at this time was extremely rare, and only used in objects of great spiritual significance.

In this exhibition of new work from artist/sculptor Wanda Gillespie, artefacts from a future time are presented, exploring the possibility of alternate realities where all exists simultaneously and time is mere illusion.” – Wanda Gillespie

Wanda Gillespie is an Auckland/Melbourne-based contemporary artist. She uses sculpture, photography and video to explore fictions and ideas around history, culture, ritual and ceremony. In 2000 she migrated to Australia returning to New Zealand briefly to complete her BFA at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. In 2009, Wanda completed a Masters of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts and was the recipient of the VCA’s Vulcan Steel tutorship award.

Her work has been exhibited widely in Melbourne as well as internationally in Indonesia, France, Italy, and the USA. Career highlights include exhibiting in the National Sculpture Prize, a residency to Indonesia through Asialink, and project funding through Arts Victoria, Australia Council and the City of Melbourne She was the recipient of the Art and Australia Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award for 2014.