Gemma Syme

Gemma Syme is a multidisciplinary artist based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Her works spans video, performance, digital technology, printmaking and painting.

Gemma’s work has been shown at galleries such as Christchurch City Gallery, Wellington City Gallery, Enjoy Gallery, The Physics Room, Adam Art Gallery and The New Zealand Film Archive. Her work has also been shown in Berlin, San Francisco and Japan.

She is part of art collective FANTASING with Bek Coogan, Sarah Jane Parton and Claire Harris who create work using installation, music and live performance.

Gemma has been making music and performing in bands since 2006, and utilises rock music tropes in her work. She uses an intersectional feminist “She-Punk” ethos as a vehicle to explore ideas of identity and gender politics.

www.gemmasyme.com

 

Shared Lines: Pūtahitanga 2020

My Shared Lines: Pūtahitanga work is the continuing investigation of art materials and popular culture iconography.

 

Shared Lines: Aotearoa in Japan 2020

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magix (2019) Acrylic paint, drypoint etching,18x15cm

Here We Bend (To Smell The Dirt (2019)

 Acrylic paint, drypoint etching, 18x15cm

Touch Down (2019) 

Acrylic paint, drypoint etching, 18x15cm

These are my FANTASING series and the idea is of the MAGIC WOMAN and the need to be Uber You. The use of hands talk about connection and communication, making and labouring.