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Title

untitled (Jon Frum / Drum Drum)

2007


Artist

Newell Harry

Australia

1972 -


About

This work takes the form of Pandanus mats, traditionally used for trade and as ceremonial gifts in Vanuatu, where they were made by local weavers. In a Western context, the mats lose their original monetary status. Harry is interested in how words are similarly subject to slippages of meaning as they circulate between contexts. This aspect of his practice has been partly informed by his nomadic experience of moving between cultures, including extensive time spent living in the Pacific. Harry has spoken of using language in his work as a way of leaving meaning unfixed. Along with the unexpected and nonsensical word plays seen here, he often uses slang and creole to similar effect.


Details


Date

2007


Media category

Textile


Materials used

gift mat Pandanus and dye


Dimensions

114.0 x 203.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

61.2019


Artist information

Newell Harry

Works in the collection

8


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history