56 HENRY and Tracy Williams are pleased to present Midden Mother, an exhibition by Simryn Gill, on view October 20 through November 6, 2021 at 56 Henry in Chinatown.


midden, n. /ˈmɪd(ə)n/
A dunghill, a dung heap; a refuse heap.
A prehistoric refuse heap which marks an ancient settlement, often containing animal bones, shells from edible shellfish, potsherds, and stone implements; a similar refuse heap marking a more recent settlement.
A heap of excreta, food remains, or other organic debris left by an animal; esp. such a deposit composed largely of, or cemented by, the urine of small mammals such as pack rats, which with time becomes a solidified mass...


mother, n. /ˈmʌðə/
The female parent of a human being; a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth; a woman who undertakes the responsibilities of a parent towards a child.
The female parent of an animal. Frequently applied to domesticated or farm animals.A female ancestor, esp. with reference to Eve.
The earth regarded as the source, nurturer, or sustainer of humanity.
A country, city, etc., in relation to its natives.
Nature regarded as a fundamental, esp. protecting or nurturing.


- from Oxford English Dictionary


Simryn Gill presents 3 new works with details from earlier examples, in an exhibition that combines the processes of collage, casting, frottage, drawing, gleaning, writing and photography.


Her new works, Midden Mother 2019-2021; Punch Drunk 2021; Tail Chasing 2021 between them utilise materials that include printed matter, waste paper, fruit, gourds, compost heaps, trees, plaster, ink and kozo paper. The result is a concatenation, an accretion, of time [duration], place [location or lack of], method and action.


We are pleased to announce that Midden Mother has been acquired by Ishara Art Foundation and The Prabhakar Collection in Dubai.


Simryn Gill (b.1959, Singapore) lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Her work has been the subject of several solo presentations, including Lundskonsthall, Sweden in 2017, the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent in 2016, Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, 2015. Gill showed at the Australian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, and has shown in numerous international exhibitions including documenta 12 in 2007, and documenta 13 in 2012, and most recently in the Drawing Biennial at the Drawing Room in London in 2021, Among the Trees, Hayward Gallery, London, in 2019 and the Sydney Biennale in 2018. Gill’s My Own Private Angkor (2007-2009) was acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and included in “Home is a Foreign Place: Recent Acquisitions in Context” at the Met Breuer in 2019.


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