Author(s): Agatha Gothe-Snape
Agatha Gothe-Snape’s work is characterised by colour, text, minimal aesthetics and an economy of materials. Propelled by doing, moving and making, the Australian artist has straddled various modes of performance and visual arts over the last decade, her work manifesting in PowerPoint presentations, improvised drawings, sculpture, installation, newspaper headlines, gouache sketches, scripts, plaques, billboards, permanent road markings, video, wall painting, architectural interventions, virtual reality, scores, workshops and live performance. Doing a lot with a little, her practice gives form to the intangible and highlights the encounter between art and audience, and art and life. The Outcome Is Certain is the first major monograph tracing Gothe-Snape’s at once rigorous, ambitious, intuitive and poetic work. Published with Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) to coincide with her major survey exhibition of the same title, the book features newly commissioned texts by the likes of Julie Ewington, Anneke Jaspers, Erik Jensen, Jenn Joy and Gemma Weston, as well as showcasing a sprawling collection of rarely seen drawings, notations and scores, which offer insights into the artist’s processes and underpinnings. Both active and reflective in its scope, The Outcome Is Certain gives pause to an oeuvre that is conceptually rich, emotionally intelligent and inherently alive.