“Every two years over 300,000 visitors flock to the Venice Biennale to look at art by the world’s leading artists. It’s commonly known as the art Olympics – as much for the endurance required to get around the 89 exhibitions and 47 satellite events, as its historical focus on national representation.
Australia has been sending artists to the Venice Biennale, the oldest, largest and most prestigious international art exhibition of its kind, since the 1950s. And this year Sydney-based artist Simryn Gill has been chosen to exhibit in the Australian Pavilion, which is soon to undergo a $6million makeover funded by the Government and private philanthropists, including Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett, Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull and the Nelson Meers Foundation.
In Venice, the Singapore-born artist has removed half the roof of the Pavilion and installed photographs, drawings and sculpture inspired by images of Australia’s pit mines, dams, lakes and waterholes. The exhibition, which opens to the public on June 1, references Gill’s visual research into how global business interests are impacting Australia’s natural environment.” – Carlo Zeccola
Simyrn does not consider herself to be a photographer, rather she thinks of herself as an artist who makes photographs, and works across different mediums as such. Her work makes us see what we sometimes don’t see anymore because of the way things around us become habitual. Her work is therefore, intimated connected to everyday life and objects, and not the spectacular. By incorporating what’s happening around her in Australian society through her own diasporic perspective, Gill can create the most thought-provoking works make out of the simplest materials.
Check out Simyrn Gill’s latest limited edition sculpture on EditionedArt here!