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Damian Dillon


Dunno(elegies) uses copy and trace processes to unpick the colonized past through language and text. Appropriating Cy Twombly’s “Duino elegies”, a key historical artwork using blackboard paint and wax crayon on canvas, Dillon has then uploaded, manipulated, interpolated, printed, reworked, copied and printed the image again. The work also pays homage to Robert Raushenberg’s use of erasure and plays into historical dialogues attached to the action of erasure within contemporary art discourses. Twombly’s original elegies were concerned with the interplay of suffering and beauty in human existence. Dillon talks of his work developing from a similar need to “find the residual traces of affect within a gestural vocabulary which is both fragile and poetic – copied and erased – and harvested equally from the digital and the haptic trace of myself”. Dunno(elegies) is one of 51 works selected as finalists in the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award. Printed by Amanda Hensby.

Artist Damian Dillon

Damian Dillon is one of 51 finalists selected for the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.

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Damian Dillon

Product Information

  • Materials

    Pigment inkjet print on hahnemuhle

  • Size

    59cm h x 42cm w

  • Made


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