Simryn Gill: Becoming a Plant
About This Project
In 1999, spring resident artist Simryn Gill described the inspiration for her exhibition Vegetation as being derived from her desire “to be a plant in the American landscape” and her investigation of the complexities that surround what it means to be indigenous.
During her residency, Gill explored the West Texas landscape for native plants and transformed them into face-obscuring headdresses. Gill and her collaborators then wore the headdresses as they posed for photographs within the landscape.
In this activity, the student will create an original mask from materials found outside in nature. The student will read, reflect and respond to the artwork created by Symrin Gill for her spring residency at Artpace in 1999.