Nancy Gildart

I work with commemorative and community themes, building installations that refer to living and/or working spaces. My work is informed by a lifetime of visiting house museums as well as experience with research techniques and a strong interest in institutional knowledge and power structures.

Collecting is another facet of my making life. Wherever I live, my house becomes a space for organic and accretive installation work using objects from my collections – miniature chairs, custard cups, things shaped like pumpkins, and vacuum flasks, to name a few. In my current work, I Live in a Cornell Box, I document these continuously evolving installations through photography.

I consider my work – filled with metaphor and allusion – to be a kind of poetry in physical space: at times epic, lyric or limerick.