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Simryn Gill

Carbon Copy (assimilate) 1998

Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the Coe and Mordant families, 2010

1 x ink on paper; 1 x carbon on paper

33 × 25cm

About the Artwork

Carbon Copy is a collection of loose paper sheets, each bearing a text-block of densely typed words and phrases. Each sheet is paired with its carbon copy, made by placing a sheet of carbon paper between two sheets of bond paper in a typewriter, the top sheet with text in typewriter ink being referred to as the original, and the under-sheet having the same text marked with carbon paper ink being referred to as the copy. The words and phrases repeated in these works are drawn from political speeches and press statements made between 1997-8 by the former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad and Australian politician Pauline Hanson. Both these politicians used the language of national and racial purity in their political discourse.

Simryn Gill

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b.1959

Simryn Gill was born in Singapore and lives in Port Dickson, Malaysia, and Sydney, Australia. Gill has a diverse art practice, including making photographs, sculptures and collections, writing and drawing.

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