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The prints, paintings and sculptures of GW Bot engage with the environment in a topographic and metaphysical sense, and can be interpreted as an allegory for a person’s passage through life. Through her unique visual language of glyphs, GW Bot maps the landscape – not literally, but intuitively – with her markings always born from personal experience. This extensive repertoire of glyph motifs occurs across all mediums of her work. On one level, they are evocative of branches and twigs and have also been likened to the moth tracks on scribbly gums, but they also refer to more holistic systems of thinking about the environment including morphic, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic systems. Her glyphs operate on a number of levels with allusion and association to forms abstracted from the landscape. Parallels may also be drawn with cosmological markings, mapping out the progression of time, seasons or natural events.  Printmaking is Bot’s primary medium, and her use of the linocut allows for flexibility of line and an intricacy of execution.  For over a decade Bot has been working with bronze and rusted steel, creating impressively scaled glyph relief sculptures.  “In the Australian context these steel glyphs are stark, stringent and struggling but nevertheless alive and seem to dance.  They are a metaphor for ourselves.”  GW Bot draws her exhibiting name from an early French citation to a wombat or ‘le grand Wam Bot’. This remains her totemic identity that confirms a oneness with the environment.  In all variations of her work, GW Bot marries a mastery of technique with unlimited creativity and intuition.

GW Bot studied in London, Paris and Australia, graduating from the Australian National University in 1982.  She has been a full-time artist since 1985 and has held over fifty solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Manila.  Her work is represented in over one hundred public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, The Albertina (Vienna), British Museum (London), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris) and Fogg Museum of Fine Arts (Harvard University, USA), as well as numerous Australian regional galleries, corporate collections and domestic and international tertiary, college and academy art collections.

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      $15000 Kelly glyphs - steel, 126 x 238 x 8cm

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      $11500 Bent Glyph - homage to Corot - watercolour and graphite on Colombe paper, unique, 106 x 200cm, UNFRAMED

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      $5850 Glyphs scrub - watercolour and graphite on paper, 71 x 110cm, framed

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      $4800 Glyphs - the paddock - steel, unique, 132 x 54 x 4.5cm

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      $3800 Glyphs - the Edge - watercolour, graphite and oil on Colombe paper, 30 x 111cm, FRAMED

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      $3800 Glyphs - watercolour and graphite on Colombe paper, 113.5 x 31cm, FRAMED

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      $3650 Lake Mungo Glyphs - mother and child and the Garden of Eden - vinylcut on Arches paper, printed by Theo Tremblay, 2/7, 75 x 125cm, framed

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      $2900 Glyphs - tree of life IV - linocut on magnani paper, 4/25, 92 x 52cm, framed

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      $2900 Glyphs - tree of life V - linocut on magnani paper, 4/25, 92 x 52cm, framed

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      $2530 Script - linocut on magnani paper, 4/25, 59 x 92cm

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      $2530 Australglyphs VI - linocut on magnani paper, 6/25, 92 x 52cm, unframed

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      $2530 Australglyphs IV - linocut on magnani paper, 1/25, 92 x 52cm, unframed

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      $2530 Australglyphs I - linocut on magnani paper, 15/25, 92 x 52cm, unframed

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      $2530 Australglyphs - linocut on magnani paper, 12/25, 92 x 52cm, unframed

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      $2200 Threnody - linocut on nishi nishi paper, 20/30, 60 x 42cm, unframed

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      $1850 Glyph trails - oil on watercolour paper, 26 x 31.5cm, FRAMED

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      $500 Glyphs - a love story xxvi - linocut on magnani paper, 6/50, 23 x 23cm, FRAMED

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      $350 Glyphs - a love story xiv - linocut on magnani paper, 7/50, 23 x 23cm, UNFRAMED

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      $350 Glyphs - a love story xxiii - linocut on magnani paper, 2/50, 23 x 23cm, UNFRAMED

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