Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the Coe and Mordant families, 2010
graphite rubbing on paper
H 108.8 W 71.8cm
H 98 W 62cm
Simryn Gill has a diverse practice, including making photographs, sculptures and collections, and writing and drawing.
To make the elegiac work Caress, the artist placed sheets of paper over typewriters and made rubbings, with graphite, of the machines on the surface of the paper. The typewriter is a hand operated machine for making ink notations on paper, an active, and in some hands, expressive tool. Here, the artist has made the machine passive: the marks on paper are of the machine rather than by the machine. The rubbings are like death masks of each individual typewriter.
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.Learn more