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Title

A portrait of Nancy-Bird Walton

2015

Artist

Shaun Gladwell

Australia

1972 –

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  • Details

    Date
    2015
    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    single channel digital video, colour, silent
    Dimensions
    water duration: 35:56 mins, aspect ratio 16:9; plane duration: 42:19 mins, aspect ratio 16:9
    Credit
    Gift of Brian and Gene Sherman 2021. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    27.2021
    Copyright
    © Shaun Gladwell
    Artist information
    Shaun Gladwell

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    The pioneering Australian aviatrix, Nancy-Bird Walton, was the inspiration behind Shaun Gladwell’s ambitious installation, The lacrima chair 2015, which imaginatively explored the miracle (and dangers) of flight. Indeed, curator Felicity Fenner has commented, ‘Themes of flight, dance and other feats of gravity-defiance have inhabited Gladwell’s multifaceted practice for two decades’.
    A portrait of Nancy-Bird Walton was originally projected onto a large screen in front of a customised airplane chair that audiences could sit in. Above the chair was a sprinkler that dowsed the viewer in water as they watched the fictionalised Walton, played by Kathryn Puie, perform in the air, sea and on land.

Other works by Shaun Gladwell

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