Peter Stichbury

b.1969

NDE

  • Purchased 2013
  • Acrylic on linen
  • 850 x 1203mm
  • 2013/067
  • 2013

NDE made its public debut high on Christchurch Art Gallery’s external south wall, when the immaculate surface of this canvas was minutely photographed then blown up onto tautly stretched vinyl as a glowing, seven-metre-wide billboard. Now, the fretful gaze that discomfited passers-by on the street outside cuts across the exhibition space instead. Have we, as the acronym in the title might suggest, stumbled upon a person on the cusp of the hereafter? Whatever this too-perfect young woman may have witnessed, it has, at least temporarily, removed her from our sphere into another. We’re uncomfortably close, yet worlds apart.

(Unseen: The Changing Collection, 18 December 2015 – 19 June 2016)