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Title

untitled (Jon Frum / Drum Drum)

2007

Artist

Newell Harry

Australia

1972 –

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  • 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
    Copyright
    © Harry Newell
    Artist information
    Newell Harry

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

Other works by Newell Harry

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