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On display on Level 1

Susan COHN

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1952

Systematic Gibsonia no. 2 condom pendant 1995
Collection Title: Systematic Reflections on a Safe Future
Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Creation Notes: Sysstematic Reflections on a Safe Future 1995
Materials & Technique: jewellery, anodised aluminium, Oakley black iridium sunglass lenses, Sony wind socks, 750 white gold, 925 silver, stainless steel, aluminium plate

Primary Insc: artist's mark '0', edition stamp 'G2'
Dimensions: 79.0 h x 14.4 w x 4.6 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1995
Accession No: NGA 95.760
Image rights: © Susan Cohn

Everyday functional objects, equipment and materials, such as sunglasses, earphones and anodised aluminium were re-purposed by Susan Cohn to create this hybrid insect. Resting on a circular aluminium container designed to hold condoms, when worn as a pendant it becomes an articulated sculptural presence on the body, reflecting the graphics and colours of street art, clubs and the rising techno culture of the end of the 20th century.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design