Simryn Gill: Carbon Copy

Art Artwork from Australia. Published by M.C.A. on Tuesday 07 October 2014.

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Simryn Gill has a diverse practice, including making photographs, sculptures and collections, and writing and drawing.

In this work on paper, Simryn Gill makes pairs of small geometric blocks of coloured typewritten text, one in typewriter ink and the other an impression of the same text made through blue carbon paper. The use of text in Carbon Copy poses a counterpoint to its subject and has its antecedents in concrete poetry and Conceptual art of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The words are quotes from political speeches and press releases (from 1996 to 1998) by the former Australian politician Pauline Hanson and the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohammad. At the time, Hanson was the leader of the One Nation party in Australia and Mahathir Mohammad was the long standing Prime Minister of Malaysia. The term ‘carbon copy’ perhaps alludes to similarities in their pronouncements, as much as to the artist’s use of carbon paper, the now outdated mode of reproduction which lends its name to the still used cc.

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