G W Bot Hieroglyphs (Requiem)
G. W. Bot Hieroglyphs (Requiem).
G.W. Bot is a contemporary Australian printmaker, sculptor and graphic artist who has created her own signs and glyphs to capture her close relationship with the Australian landscape. Her artist's name derives from 'le grand Wam Bot' after the early French explorers term for the wombat which she has adopted as her totemic animal and thus creating a spiritual connection with the landscape. G.W. Bot studied art in London, Paris and Australia graduating from the Australian National University in 1982. Since 1985, G.W.Bot has been working full-time as a printmaker, painter and sculptor. Her work is represented in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Albertina (Vienna), The British Museum, British Library and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris Harvard University, US among many others. G.W Bot has also received numerous awards including Canberra Times Artist of the Year.
Requiem is formed by seven large bronze figures mounted for dramatic effect on the wall in the foyer of Building 22 and 23. The work was created shortly after the bush-fires that devastated parts of Canberra and was donated by the artist to the University of Canberra in 2005. G.W Bot said that the artwork was a reflection on the ACT bush-fires and an 'allegory on the way people exist in this landscape'. The fact that the University was located near Belconnen, one of the effected areas, was an apt location for her work. The work has also been described by Peter Haynes, Director of the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery in 2003 as 'a language of life that is vital and imperative'.
Other works of art.
The University of Canberra have other works by G.W. Bot including 'Threnody', 'Entrance' and Glyphs. G W Bot's work is also represented in both national and international collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Biblioteque National, Paris, The British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Along a similar theme, the viewer may want to look at the works by Bernard Hardy located in Building 8, the Library that also reference the bush-fires in Canberra of 2003.