Simryn Gill

Singapore, Malaysia and Australia, b1959
Through photographs, objects and installations, Gill considers how we experience a sense of place and how both personal and cultural histories inform our present. Her work also suggests how culture becomes ‘naturalised’, an almost invisible part of our physical environment.

Forest 1996-98

This photograph is one of a series of 16, taken in Malaysia and Singapore, in which Gill has torn pages from books and grafted them onto plants. Gill grew up in Malaysia and has said ‘my sense of myself was formed very much in the presence of lushness and decay of its equatorial climate. Who I was then could be described through the supporting plants’.

On display until 1 September 2011.

View Forest in the collection

Simryn Gill, from the series Forest 1996-98. Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of NSW Contempo Group 2003, Art Gallery of NSW collection © Simryn Gill