Agnes' Gate

Agatha Gothe-Snape, Agnes' Gate, 2019, acrylic on wall, authenticity and installation instructions, dimensions variable to site, TCG21692
(photo: Dan McCabe)


Agatha Gothe-Snape's wall drawing, Agnes' Gate, is part of an ongoing dialogue around emotional / psychological / physical responses to architectural features—walls, windows, curtains, doors—that has been taking place in the artist's work. The title refers to two figures in August Strindberg's A Dream Play (1901) in which "the meaning of a door opening is debated by the deans of theology, philosophy, law, and medicine, who tangle with its potential for danger, knowledge, and truth; a gate ajar may represent freedom or imprisonment, paradise or hell, depending on the orientation of the passage." (Madeleine King) Echoing the ajar gate is the folded paper graphic – another motif frequently employed by Gothe-Snape - suggesting a future potential for language similar to the gate's offer of potential movement for the protagonist.

Exhibited: IMA, Brisbane, 2019. AGWA, Perth, 2024
Related works: Agatha Gothe-Snape, Three physical doorways, one conceptual wedge and a gentle breeze, 2017, National Gallery of Australia

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