Over the past months New Zealand artist Gabby O'Connor has been developing a brand new work specifically for the architecture of the North Wall gallery space.
O'Connor has been working with dyed and lacquered tissue paper to create a sculptural installation representing the icebergs that will eventually split from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica, carrying the frozen remains of Captain Scott and his crew who met their fateful ends near the South Pole in 1912.
What Lies Beneath The Return imagines the homecoming of the lost and preserved explorers, as if the icebergs carrying their bodies could navigate their way back to the UK. This work is a companion piece to another iceberg being exhibited in New Zealand earlier in July, the icebergs for the North Wall are the fractured remains of the original iceberg being reshaped and shrinking as they travel northward together.
O'Connor is originally from Melbourne and now resides in Wellington, New Zealand. She has exhibited in Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Holland and Australia and has had artist residencies in Melbourne, Sydney, Hiroshima and Wellington.
One day O'Connor hopes to go to Antarctica to see some real icebergs.
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