Sandy Gibbs is a Wellington-based artist who works primarily in video and installation.
Fascinated by how people navigate within, through – or around – institutions and their inherent belief systems, Gibbs endeavours to use video in order to draw out the narratives embedded within social, political and economic ideologies. Her practice has quietly grown into one that is thoughtful and research-lead, one in which she gently probes and unpeels layers, the results often a mix of quirky and oddly cinematic.
While her earlier video work explored gendered identity and social institutions such as families and marriage, more recently Gibbs has become interested in investigating social and ideological institutions as ‘sites’ – and in exploring these sites as zones of engagement, ritual and artifice. Increasingly site-responsive and flirting with the documentary-esque, Gibbs creates videos that infiltrate a site: for instance, religion, churches, property developers, housing developments – these were the entry points for her Masters thesis, based at Futuna Chapel in Karori.
Gibbs graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) in 2005, and completed her Master of Fine Arts (With Distinction) in 2012. She has exhibited in a number of group shows, artist film festivals and a solo show at Enjoy, Wellington. She is also a writer and fledgling art critic.
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