33 minutes | Jun 17th 2018

005: Wanda Gillespie and living between worlds

Wanda Gillespie uses sculpture and photography to explore fictions and ideas around history, culture, ritual and ceremony.  Wanda’s work questions the nature of reality through narrative and her sculptures are often presented as historical artefacts.  An interest in the mystical, paranormal spirit world is central to her work. 

Wanda is a New Zealand artist and was based in Melbourne until she returned to Auckland three years ago.  We discuss the differences between the two cities and how she’s rebuilding her community.  We also chat about how Wanda has funded her practice with grants and what she’s learned about writing grant applications over the years, how she fits in studio time around the kids, and the process of wood carving.


Artist resources we mention:

+ Artists Alliance for New Zealand artists 

+ National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) for Australian artists 

+ THRIVE Mastermind 


/ Wanda’s TWS portrait and interview is on our website here.

/ See Wanda’s work at wandagillespie.com


Music: Rapture by Myfawny Hunter myfanwyhunter.com

Editing: Alana Helbig alanahelbig.com


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