Grace Crothall

Shelter House

27 Feb — 04 Apr

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Image: Grace Crothall, Untitled (detail), 2021. Photo: Mitchell Bright.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Shelter House (installation view) 2021. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Untitled (installation view), 2021, pull up banner stand, 1980 x 850mm. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Untitled (installation view), 2021, pull up banner stand, 1980 x 850mm. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Untitled (installation view), 2021, vinyl banner, 1950 x 2440mm. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Untitled (installation view), 2021, vinyl banner, 1950 x 2440mm. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Untitled (installation view), 2021, vinyl banner, 1950 x 2440mm. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Shelter House (installation view), 2021.

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Grace Crothall, Jonah’s story (installation view), 2021, CRT TV, baby monitor, and monitor wheel plinth. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Shelter House (installation view), 2021. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Shelter House (installation view), 2021.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Untitled (installation view), 2021, 841 x 1189mm. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Untitled (installation view), 2021, 8 x Children’s Bible colouring in sheets, 841 x 638mm. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Untitled (detail), 2021, 8 x Children’s Bible colouring in sheets, 841 x 638mm. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Untitled (detail), 2021, 8 x Children’s Bible colouring in sheets, 841 x 638mm. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Untitled (detail), 2021, 12 x object lesson posters, 841 x 594 mm. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Untitled (detail), 2021, 12 x object lesson posters, 841 x 594 mm. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Untitled (detail), 2021, 12 x object lesson posters, 841 x 594 mm. Photo: Janneth Gil.

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Image: Grace Crothall, Key Features (endoscopic findings) (installation view), 2021, 1118 x 1500mm. Photo: Janneth Gil.

Shelter House
Grace Crothall


Exhibition preview: Friday 26 February, 5:30pm
Exhibition runs: 27 February – 4 April 2021
Exhibition talk with Jamie Hanton and Grace Crothall: Wednesday 3 March, 5:30pm


Grace Crothall’s Shelter House draws on an atmosphere, material textures and sounds familiar to the artist from growing up in the charismatic pentecostal movement in the 90s. The installation takes its name from a worship song of the era, which plays intermittently in the space. Crothall explores the interplay between born-again adult and child-like states within this community of belief, dividing the gallery space in two, and editing together text and design associated with her experiences of that time. Central to the project are pre-Pixar pop cultural films and biblical narratives such as Jonah and the whale, as well as Children’s Church teaching resources, where fantastical, uncanny and moral themes intersect with allusions to the body. References to the gut—medical, scientific, metaphorical—underpin the installation as a whole, suggesting the ongoing metabolism, and filtering through of belief systems entered into in childhood.

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Grace Crothall is an Ōtautahi based multi-disciplinary artist. She graduated from Ilam School of Fine Arts in 2019. For Shelter House Crothall has worked alongside Priscilla Rose Howe (design) and Mitchell Bright (photography). With thanks to Cameron Gray, Florence Claridge, Phil Jackson and Ben Dodd.

Downloads:
Shelter House Roomsheet (pdf) A response to Shelter House by Zoe Crook (pdf) Building as Body by Kate Pickering (in response to Shelter House by Grace Crothall (pdf)
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