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Title

from the series My ghost

2001


Artist

Adam Fuss

England, Australia, United States of America

1961 -


About

In 2001 the Gallery acquired an important daguerreotype by Adam Fuss. In acknowledgement and appreciation of this, the artist has offered the Photography Collection two related works. The series 'My ghost' encompasses daguerreotypes, photograms, photogravure, text, gelatin silver and platinum prints. The images include smoke, children's christening dresses, a dead swan, the human body, butterflies. Fuss has said that his '...intention is to reference his own past...'. The dreamy narrative that unfolds in this series is one of loss, longing, and the ghostly nature of memory as it is reflected photographically.

The two works offered are important parts of the series 'My ghost'. The photogravure of a child's christening dress and the unique photogram of smoke elaborate on the nature of evanescence. Both have been made through direct impressions on photographic paper yet the photographic technique (to fix light) is used here to illuminate intangibles and to encourage a meditation on the nature of life and its passing.


Details


Date

2001


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

photogravure


Dimensions

78.5 x 66.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Adam Fuss 2002


Location

Not on display


Accession number

236.2002.2


Artist information

Adam Fuss

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Judy Annear, American beauty: from Muybridge to Goldin, Sydney, 2003. no catalogue numbers

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2003 [for the year ended 30 June 2003], 'Year in review', pg.14-35, Sydney, 2003, 20.