Andrew Drummond

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1951

Imperfect Atmospheres

  • Purchased 1995
  • Mixed media
  • 532 x 571mm
  • 96/77.2-3
  • 1995

This sculptural ‘drawing’ is part of the installation ‘For Beating and Breathing’ in which Andrew Drummond portrays the body as a device - the subject of scientific recording - and explores its relationship with the land. The installation was commissioned by the Gallery. Schlagmetal is similar to gold leaf but made of brass. Here Drummond has created a chemical reaction on paper, sealing it like a trapped breath behind glass. The complete installation of ‘For Beating and Breathing’ included 10 drawings and two kinetic sculptures. Drummond was born in Nelson. He graduated from Palmerston North Teachers’ College before going to Canada in 1977. There he completed an honours degree in sculpture at Waterloo University. During the 1970s and early 1980s Drummond conducted numerous performance art pieces in New Zealand and overseas. Since 1992 he has been a senior lecturer in sculpture at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts.