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Simryn Gill

Carbon Copy (assimilate) 1998

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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

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copy’ perhaps alludes to similarities in their pronouncements, as much as to the artist’s use of carbon paper, the now outdated mode of reproduction which lends its name to the still used cc.

Simryn Gill

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Born in Singapore, Simryn Gill divides her time between Sydney and Port Dickson, Malaysia. Her artistic practice dates from the early 1990s and her work has been exhibited widely both in Australia and overseas. In 2003 she was the recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship.

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