Agatha Gothe-Snape completed a Drawing Wall project at Shepparton Art Museum. Curated by Elise Routledge, the Drawing Wall is an ongoing series of temporary, commissioned, site-specific works for the foyer space of the Eastbank Centre, directly outside SAM. Four artists are commissioned each year.
Agatha Gothe-Snape's Drawing Wall project is based on the Lüscher colour test, a psychological test invented by a Swiss psychotherapist, Dr Max Lüscher in the early 1970s. The Lüscher test claims to objectively measure a person's psychological state through their responses to specific colours.
The artist's installation of five colours from the Lüscher test invites audiences to respond to the installation. Visitors to the Eastbank Centre and Cafe can choose consciously, or subconsciously to sit in front of whichever coloured panel appeals to them most. They might also sit opposite the wall and observe people at the tables, as it they were in some kind of performance, with the painted wall acting like a backdrop or theatre set.
Agatha Gothe-Snape's art practice often involves conversations and interventions into museum or gallery environments. Se is interested in how actions or moments in time that we usually take for granted, like having a favourite colour, or looking at a work of art, might have implications beyond their seeming simplicity. So a favourite colour might suggest a particular personality trait, or looking at a work of art might be a performance for someone else who is observing you.
Agatha Gothe-Snape often uses material and resources that are on hand. The paint for this installation was bought at a local paint shop, and a local signwriter (one of the last in Shepparton skilled in this dying trade) was employed to write the cursive script on the final panel. The artist sees this last panel as a contemplative space, with the hand-painted white text offering difference and respite.
I wanted my Drawing Wall work to directly respond to its own context - its reality as a wall within a busy, thriving cafe in the Eastbank Centre. Before I began painting, I sat in the cafe area, opposite the wall, watching how the wall and the space around it was used by cafe patrons, council workers, locals, cafe staff and visitors. I half-listened to conversations about fashion, party outfits, work meetings, occupational health and safety, family dramas, creative projects and work politics. I thought of all these conversations as small unfolding dramas - dialogues in their own right, being played out against the backdrop of the wall. The fifth navy blue panel offers a space of contemplation where everything else can be considered. It invites the view to pause and reflect upon those bigger, existential questions that the busyness of life often subsumes. - Agatha Gothe-Snape