Gwenyth Fugard's work pursues an investigation into how an illusionary space can be created through the use of few lines within a minimal composition. As if finding a gate to pass through or a window to gaze from the depths of a space confront the viewer from the flat surface of the canvas.
"I am influenced by the drama, majesty and geological structure of landscape in an abstracted and minimised form to explore these spatial illusions. The placement and juxtaposition of architectonic forms create junctions to explore further the spatial relationships.The term landscape extends beyond the physical and I ponder the state of our emotional and political landscapes through the construction of these minimal compositions. Complexities attempt forced entry as perspective is adjusted from various viewpoints. All obvious references to nature and domesticity are excavated from the plane. Line is mapped out to construct the notion of space, perspective and depth. Interior and exterior become ambiguous as the lines and masses butt up against one another. The physical space we encounter impacts upon the mental state we live in. The architectural forms become a metaphor for man’s presence in the space as he brings structure and deconstruction. Part air, partly grounded and part architecture, borders appear to be corroding while other zones remain solid. I follow a passage from the determined to the indeterminate. The lines on the periphery hover with ambiguity while clarity is restored at the centre as if an aperture was adjusted. When embarking upon a new work, I impose a system of constraints to construct these illusions, by marking and masking out borders and boundaries formed around a square within a square or square within a rectangle. I utilise the square as I am curious about its neutrality as it does not imply a subject of landscape or representation. Having recognised the system I then go about breaking the constraints."
Gwenyth Fugard graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Fine Arts with a BA Hons Fine Art degree in 2013. She has since participated in a few of exhibitions at Lisa Norris Gallery, namely 'Monochromatic', Spatial Illusions', and 'Wonder Women' in 2014 and a group show at Roaming Room Gallery in London. Gwenyth's work has also been exhibited at Somerset House as part of the National Open Art Exhibition in 2014 and also formed part of the Clyde & Co project, Shoredith Fashion Show and th'e Verve Open' and 'Rising Stars' exhibition 'Verve Open' at Coombe Gallery in 2013.