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Title

untitled (Crap Krap / Carp Park)

2007

Artist

Newell Harry

Australia

1972 –

  • Details

    Date
    2007
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    gift mat Pandanus, dye
    Dimensions
    132.0 x 223.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2019
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    59.2019
    Copyright
    © Harry Newell

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    Artist information
    Newell Harry

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Made from woven pandanus fibres, these artworks take the form of ’gift mats’ that are widely used in Pacific Island cultures. Newell Harry, who was based in Vanuatu when these works were made, was interested in the mats’ dual roles as functional items and as a type of currency, being ceremonial gifts that are exchanged on special occasions.

    Harry commissioned a group of senior Vanuatuan women to create these weavings. Their patterning is influenced by traditional gift-mat designs while their texts relate to phrases drawn from English as well as creole languages, in particular Bismala (a creole that is the first language of many residents of Vanuatu’s population centres of Port Vila and Luganville).

    Playful and pithy, the texts read like jokes while also making a tongue-in-cheek reference to the use of word play in conceptual art.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

Other works by Newell Harry

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