Fiona Hall

Published in Art Collector’s special edition for Art Basel Hong Kong 2014

"Fiona Hall" by Jane O'Sullivan in Art Collector

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is presenting a series of your tins at Art Basel Hong Kong. When and why did you first start working with the tins? Why have you returned to them now?

I began working with the tins back in 1989 and that first series is now in the National Gallery of Australia. It’s quite a nice metal and I’ve worked with it on and off since then.

The work that Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is taking to Hong Kong, it’s called Fleet and it’s a set of 12 tins of various varieties of seafood, of slightly different sizes from different companies and so on. The work was made for an environmental project that was funded by an American philanthropic organisation called Pew to try and persuade the New Zealand government not to mine the Kermadec Trench which runs between Auckland and Tonga – it’s the fissure between the Australasian and Pacific tectonic plates … There’s a lot of volcanic activity down there and there are also a lot of sea creatures, many of which are unknown to science as they say … the area’s been assessed as being one of the three most pristine marine environments left on the planet.
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