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.
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.
Masons Screen, Wellington (2018)
The Paradox of failuire: sport, competition and contemporary art (solo), RM, Auckland
Venetian Blind (collaboration with Patrick Pound and Jondi Keane), Palazzo Bembo, Venice
Video Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary, Australia
Masons Screen, Wellington
Private Investigations, (joint show with Mike Ting), MEANWHILE, Wellington
Art and Performance by Research, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Lucky Seat Prize, (solo show), Ramp Gallery, Hamilton
Artists’ film festival, various venues, New Zealand
Square2, City Gallery Wellington
How To Be A Friend: new Wellington artists, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, Wellington