Max Gimblett

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1935

Christchurch Enso

  • 2011
  • Ink on paper
  • The Max Gimblett and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Gift
  • 2011/219

This work was created here at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū when Max ran a sumi ink workshop in February 2011, just prior to the Canterbury earthquakes. Max gave the work its title before he flew out of the city on his long trip home to New York. Christchurch Enso offers a tranquil experience; the curved circle of the brushed ink could be read as protecting the city from the trauma of the earthquakes, like the encircling embrace of arms. Or we could see it as a reminder that life goes on even after great upheaval. (Max Gimblett: Ocean Wheel, 1 August – 15 November 2020)