Rewarewa timber, Jelutong chip carved stand, coconut beads, wooden beads, brass, wax finish Various sizes 2020/2021 First image commissioned for NGV design week 2021 exhibition 'Future Inheritance - 20 Speculative Objects for a Time to Come', curated by Marsha Golemac.
‘I believe in the power of an object’ writes artist Wanda Gillespie. She is drawn to animism in a theoretical sense; inanimate objects possess a soul. Gillespie approaches her artmaking by attempting to reveal the energy, both luminous and numinous, within the material (at hand) through transfiguration. In Gillespie’s Higher Thought Forms, the abacus works channel other and different dimensions as though ‘liberated’ from a numeric function. Imbued with sacred geometry, they are suggestive of abstract mathematical reasoning and open systems theories. Through these works Gillespie has proposed a tool for calculating access to realms beyond our consciousness.
Colin Langridge for exhibition 'Numinosity', at Contemporary Art Tasmania