“Looking to the Stations of the Cross, Guy considers the
meditated or framed view, through which she approaches the compositional
definitions in the Stations. She chimes with Paul’s peculiar colour symbolism,
creating cut-out shapes to reference the figures. Literal windows in Guy’s
sculptural pieces echo Paul’s mediated view: the hinged doors and windows in
the poem, and the formal framings of the Stations”. Joanna Osborne
Free-standing metal sculptures and stained glass
assemblages echo the bright opacity of writer and artist Joanna Margaret Paul’s stations of the cross at St Mary’s Star of the Sea in Port Chalmers, Dunedin. They define shape and space
while incorporating negative (white) space, and translucency. Like Paul’s
typography they intend to elude direct reading by simultaneously referencing
and defamiliarizing the subject.
Using the bronze door handle from Notre-Dame du Haut as its source—La Corbusier’s chapel in Ronchamp, France—The Weight of the Door presents a series of objects that the artist describes as translations. This fragment of the chapel structure, isolated, removed its vitrine surround.The bronze form appears here as a series of distortions. Horizontal and vertical iterations of varying lengths and proportions that differ from the source. A series of bronzes presented not on plinths but directly on the gallery’s concrete floor, dispersed.