Alternative Name(s): Artwork - Visible Separations - Mandarin Piece

Mandarin Glass Sculpture by Mies Grybaitis, 1996. This sculpture is part of a series by Mies Grybaitis, an Australian artist of Swedish origin, for an exhibition held in Sept 1996 at Craft Victoria called Visible Separations. The exhibition featured 10 glass pieces in 8 different languages. Each sculpture was kiln cast with a statement in a migrant's original language as a metaphor for the barriers experienced for people with a non-english speaking background. Grybaitis states: 'Glass is a medium for suspending the invisible word, an invisible medium to reflect the flow of language. The diversity of Australian languages cast into glass is a visual representation of the rareness of the multiculture that surrounds us. Using text as a visual barrier, contributors to the work, in their own hand writing and in their mother tongue, speak about their personal experiences as Australians.' (1996)

In this piece, Mies asked Chinese immigrant Yaping Jiang to write a short piece on her experience as an Australian. She then cast this writing into the glass.

Physical Description

Freestanding glass sculpture, elliptical and elongated in shape featuring kiln cast Chinese characters over face of piece. Piece narrows at top and a hole has been made in centre top to hold metal screw from which hangs a long, narrow piece of paper at the back of the piece. Words have been printed on paper which is visible although obscure through the glass.

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