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Elizabeth Thomson: Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States

Past Exhibition
23 Aug – 23 Nov 2014
Free

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States, 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States, 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States, 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States, 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States, 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States, 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States, 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States, 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States, 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States, 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: John Lake

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: John Lake

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: John Lake

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: John Lake

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: John Lake

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: John Lake

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States (work in progess), 2014. Photo: Tom Hoyle

Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States, by Wellington sculptor Elizabeth Thomson is an ambitious installation of hundreds of flocked bronze white moths.

Invading the gallery space, the moths will create an immersive environment, landing on the walls of their own accord without the restriction of order as if it is their natural habitat.

Elizabeth Thomson says "While this new arrangement will be the biggest moth installation I've undertaken, it is more understated in its presentation. These white moths will have a ghostly presence, evoking a sense of unease but also mystery and wonder—like an apparition or vision, a pure moment in time and a reminder of our fragility and transience ... Invitation to Openness is an invitation to suspend disbelief and preconception—leaving the viewer open to experience a heightened sense of awareness—of just being".

 

Supported by
Creative New Zealand