‘Not a Table 1’, 2020.
Steel, oak, concrete
Photo: Peter Martin

Gillian’s sculpture is rooted in Modernist principles of manipulating form, space and material; she utilises these to address contemporary concerns about the affective power objects have over us, and their intrinsic value. 

Gillian constructs sculpture in steel, with additional elements in other materials such as wood, acrylic, concrete and rubber. Formal and aesthetic relationships within the works create spatial and dynamic configurations that synthesise her observations and suggest new narratives.

She often uses discarded domestic objects as sculptural forms within her work, that retain their familiarity yet take on alternative roles in their relation to other materials and to the spatial dynamics of the sculpture. 

Gillian is intrigued by our sensitivities to the desirability, function, and purpose of physical objects, and the different values we attribute to them. She is looking for possibilities of unravelling the economic, emotional and cultural resonances of the objects we own and inherit, and uncovering their redundancies.

The sculpture constitutes personal recordings of some of the social changes that have taken place over her lifetime and raises questions about the environmental sustainability of our relationship with our past and future through our possessions; how and whether we keep or dispose of them.

‘Not a Table 1’ was exhibited in the Bloc Members Show 2020.