This is not imagination, Sandersons, Auckland 2014

Sian Torrington works in a range of media, using new and found materials, working simultaneously on drawing, building/sculpting and writing to explore the nature of lived experience through a queer body. Hers is a metaphorical, abstract language of experiment in which all her work could be seen as ‘drawing’, since drawing is a provisional and exploratory method of trying things out and discovering form.


This is not imagination.

I actually come with you and anyway, physics says that nothing ever really touches. So what is actually? Then I say again;

this is not imagination.

My arms cradle something I do not know . If I could put my arms through it and slide it over my head? If it were an external thing. If it were an internal thing. And how much do I want to tell?

When everyone is nervous

When everyone is excited, who holds the space? Make it holey enough so you can crawl in. I stuff them, I find them, the sucking and punches, the things that rise, mouthing. In the gaps is falling and opening without a shell

I tell, I tell you everything if you can read it, it is in my hand.

I think about putting my whole arm inside. What do we call this? There is not language. When is it brave? When it is yours.”


This work explores embodied sex and gender through intertwining forms which battle and fight for their own space. Between pinks and blacks, pockets and belts, something emerges which could be put on, taken on; suggestion a transformation through materials. “I birth you back, something I do not know”… The work is complicated, made of many pieces, but settling into forms which suggest they are here as they are, for now.” – Sian Torrington

The sculptures are more open than previous works; forms which take inspiration from nests, hung clothing and tightly bundled tangles. As always the work has a sense of busting, of growing through itself, of energetically finding its own form and discovering itself. The array of pinks and reds work together to create a sense of outward push in the drawings, a bloom which displays itself to the viewer.