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Title

The plague of fantasies 1

2010


Artist

Mike Parr

Australia

1945 -


About

'Plague of fantasises 1' belongs to Mike Parr's' Self-portrait project', an ongoing series of drawings and prints investigating self-representation. In this ambiguous image populated by multiple presences who may or may not represent the artist, Parr pictorially unpacks his conscious and unconscious selves.

Parr's unorthodox and performative printmaking process is a feature of 'Plague of fantasises 1'. Here, Parr has incised the image into copper plates using needles and an angle grinder, and then printed the impression with ink and carborundum powder on paper with the assistance of his printmaker, John Loane. The carborundum powder lends the final impression an alluring, shimmering quality.


Details


Date

2010


Media category

Print


Materials used

drypoint, anglegrinding, scraping and relief on copper plates, printed in black ink and carborundum on 12 sheets of Hahnemuehle 350gsm paper


Edition

unique state


Dimensions

240.0 x 540.0 cm overall approx.


Signature & date

Signed and dated [part l] l.r., pencil "Parr 2010".
Signed l.l. verso [part a], black crayon? "The plague/ of fantasies I/ 2010".


Credit

Gift of the artist 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

220.2019.a-l


Artist information

Mike Parr

Works in the collection

79