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Simryn Gill

A person with short grey hair and round glasses holds a large palm leaf.

Simryn Gill

Clearing

Simryn Gill’s commissioned artwork for the Sydney Modern Project is a response to the removal of a tree from the Art Gallery of New South Wales campus. At the centre of this layered new work is a life-sized rubbing of the tree, a Canary Island date palm. It was planted in 1909 in a spot that was then at the cultural centre of the still-nascent city of Sydney.

On display:
South Building, lower level 2, in From Here, for Now

A gallery space with artworks hung on the walls and an extremely long drawing on paper on a central plinth

Installation view of Simryn Gill Clearing 2020–22, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Simryn Gill

Ten long coloured drawings of plant parts hang on a gallery wall with a drawing lying in front

Installation view of Simryn Gill Clearing 2020–22, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Simryn Gill

A pencil rubbing on paper of a part of a tree

Simryn Gill Clearing 2020–22 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Simryn Gill

Two rubbings of parts of a plant, one in reddish tones and the other in brownish tones

Simryn Gill Clearing 2020–22 (details), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Simryn Gill