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Eyes and storms

printed 2014


Simryn Gill

Singapore, Malaysia, Australia

1959 -


Simryn Gill engages with an array of different mediums to explore how we experience place, history and culture in a postcolonial context.
In ‘Eyes and storms’, Gill’s recent group of pictures featuring pit mines, dams, remote lakes and waterholes, the viewer is offered a unique aerial perspective. While the artist has photographed these sites from a light plane hovering way above ground, the images maintain an intimate connection with the land. It is from this elevation that the open pit mines appear as orifices on the surface of the earth, or as the artist alludes to in the work’s title, eyes in the landscape.
In keeping with the concerns of her previous work, the photographs bring nature and culture together in a way that assertively shifts the thresholds between the two. The ruinous effects of human intervention into natural processes are evident in the deep striations and faults in formation. In ‘Eyes and storms’ the scars in the landscape are presented not only as a sign of disturbance but also alarming beauty.
The work derives from the body of work ‘Here art grows on trees’, which was produced when the artist represented Australia at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Tracing a dialogue between identity and place the photographs, like much of her work, maps the issues of change and displacement in a global context.


Alternative title

Eyes and storms 13


printed 2014

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Materials used

Ilfochrome photograph




121.7 x 121.2 cm sight; 127.9 x 127.3 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors' Program 2014


Not on display

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Artist information

Simryn Gill

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 2 publications


Judy Annear, The photograph and Australia, Sydney, Jun 2015, 225 (colour illus.).

Catherine de Zegher (Editor), Here art grows on trees: Simryn Gill, Sydney, 2013, 191.