Sandy Gibbs is a Wellington-based artist and currently a PhD candidate at Deakin University, Melbourne. Her thesis, The paradox of failure: sport, competition and contemporary art, investigates generative possibilities of failure and how this can inform and feed back into an art-making strategy. In 2018, Gibbs travelled to Mexico City where she re-staged the final of the women’s 400 metres individual medley from the 1968 Olympics with a group of Mexican Masters swimmers – this video work will form a key component of her PhD thesis and future exhibition outcomes. Other recent video works include How to wear a disguise (2018) and Lighting an old flame (2017).
Gibbs’ previous work focused on investigating social and ideological institutions as sites of zones of engagement, ritual and artifice: for instance, religion, churches, property developers, housing developments. These were the entry points for her Masters thesis God is back – pass the plate (2012), consisting of two video works, Crying in the chapel (2012) and The twelve apostles (2012).
Several of Gibbs’ earlier video works explored gendered identity and social institutions such as families and marriage. Sometimes a kiss is… not just a kiss (2006) deliberately set out to conflate and problematise notions of mediatised masculinity and femininity; Man action 1 (2007) places a male figure into an empty swimming pool – armed with a scrubbing brush and a bright red bucket, performing a ritualised scrubbing of the pool bottom; All is full of love (2005) and Who remembers Wayne (2005) are both tightly edited takes on marriage, identity and intimate portraiture.
Gibbs graduated from Massey University in Wellington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) in 2004, and a Master of Fine Arts (with Distinction) in 2012.
2018 How to wear a disguise, Sydney Contemporary
2018 Lighting an old flame, Masons Screen, Wellington
2017 Private investigations, joint show with Mike Ting at Meanwhile, Wellington
2017 Lighting an old flame, for the exhibition Art and Performance by Research, Deakin University, Melbourne
2013 Lucky Seat Prize, Ramp Gallery, Hamilton
Sometimes a kiss is… not just a kiss, City Gallery Wellington
Sometimes a kiss is… not just a kiss, Enjoy Public Art Gallery
GO WILD IN THE COUNTRY - Young New Zealand Video, Wednesdays, Christchurch
Clubmeet, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin
Making Time, Group show, Show Gallery, Wellington
How To Be A Friend, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, Wellington