Simone Mangos was born in Sydney, Australia 1959. Since 1988 she has lived and worked in Berlin, Germany. Mangos' work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Australian Perspecta 85 (1985), The Australian Bicentennial Perspecta (1987), Antipodean Currents, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York (1995). Selected solo exhibitions have been at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (1986 & 1988), Galerie Gebauer u. Günther, Berlin, Germany (1992, 1994, 1996), Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney (1997), and Galerie Ursula Walbrol, Dusseldorf (1998).
Mangos' installations of the mid 1980s were highly poetic and lyrical. The use of honey, with the intense allusions to mythology and luxury, was highly sensuous. The large installation of 1986 of which this image formed a part referred to sleep, dream, and generation - with honey as rich a life force as the earth. The arms coated with honey can be seen as rooted in primordial matter, able to creatively generate in the same way that the mind can generate dreams of infinite richness and possibility.
76.0 x 60.0 cm; 79.3 x 63.3 x 4.3 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Alan Matthews 2001
© Simone Mangos, courtesy of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Shown in 1 exhibition
Body Parts, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Sep 2015–31 Jan 2016