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Gojak, Mira - 2009.40

Mira Gojak

From the outside to the outside 2009
epoxy paint on wire, steel and copper
dimensions variable
Purchased 2009

To experience Mira Gojak’s sculpture From the outside to the outside is to be immersed in a three-dimensional version of one of her drawings. Black wire curls, twists and circles upon itself from floor to ceiling. Gojak articulates defiant gestural curves in thick, strong steel and copper wire, providing both a suspended framework and counterpoint to the delicate scribbles in the finest of wire. The sculpture moves effortlessly from macro to micro, encouraging the eye and the body to focus in and out from the different gauges of wire. Like a calligraphic mark on paper, the lines transform, suspended in time and space, as our eyes follow them.

In the spiralling twists of wire, it seems chaos reigns. But this miniature universe has been made and installed with precision. The work consists of a number of elements, or clusters, of wire that meet and are held at very specific points to maintain Gojak’s carefully constructed composition. The installation process requires considerable time and care to ensure the work balances and is stable, despite its fluid and transitory appearance.

Gojak has described her work as bodily gestures that express the tension between two actions: to expand and extend out into the world, and to contract and retreat. Moments of doubt and indecision are given physical expression in Gojak’s circling black lines, which work themselves into tangles of revelation and joy. The lines are a physical release, with music and mood dictating their direction and intensity. Gojak listens to music in the studio to create a clear, open space in her mind. She then responds to sound as a pure sensation, translating it into visual form. The dense black areas of her drawings and sculptures are like intensely rhythmic passages, denoting pace of movement. Gojak describes the dark, condensed scrawls as voids from which she is trying to escape. Her lyrical line work expresses the dichotomies of entrapment and release, existentialism and lightness, boundedness and unboundedness, inside and outside. These conflicting forces propel the artist and viewer into the unknown, with a faith in the irreversible line to find a way through.

Gojak is an artist who studied science, psychology and zoology in Adelaide before relocating to Melbourne and completing a fine arts degree in 1992. Her exploratory and intuitive practice is informed by these disciplines, perhaps enabling her to move freely between the mediums of drawing and sculpture, using whatever material she sees fit to best explore her ideas.

There is a light, playful quality to this piece. As the line dances through space, the rounded form becomes a vortex of energy, swollen with new growth. Drawing in metal, Mira Gojak traces a line from an externalised, physical gesture to a more introspective and intuitive development of form. Her work is imbued with an innate sense of curiosity and discovery. With its open expression of the artist’s process, it is at once highly personal and a universal poetic evocation of the creative act.

Kirrily Hammond is an artist and former Curator – Collection, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.