The hemispherical arc of Response is formed by two quadrants of a circle butted together and is suggestive of space in which feeling is contained. Gretchen Albrecht’s sophisticated manipulation of colour and form has created an intense image with an almost physical energy. The technique of lithography has allowed her to explore layers of translucent colour and threedimensional depth. Response is an early example of the direction Albrecht pursued on her return from America in the 1970s after seeing the work of Henri Matisse (1869 -1954) and Mark Rothko (1903 -1970). One of New Zealand’s leading contemporary abstractionists, Albrecht was born in Auckland and went to Auckland University’s School of Fine Arts. In 1981 she held the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago. She has been awarded many grants over the course of her career and has travelled extensively in the United States and Europe. She has also exhibited widely nationally and internationally.