Newcastle Region Art Gallery collection
Mike Parr has produced over 1000 works within the context of his self-imposed ‘Self-Portrait’ series, in a range of media that includes performance, installation, sculpture, drawing, etching and photography. In 2005, Newcastle Region Art Gallery held the survey exhibition, ‘CUT YOUR THROAT AN INCH AT A TIME: A Survey of the Works of Mike Parr 1970-2005’, at this time the etching, Untitled self-portrait No. 4: from a series of six 1989, was donated to the Gallery by Parr. Parr practice is influenced by his extensive reading of psychoanalytic theory evident in his demanding self-analysis included his work.
Injury – before and after
Canley Vale High School
My artwork evolved from the theme of identity and self-expression. My initial frustration at having a broken collarbone and a non-functioning drawing hand, was an emotional experience: learning to use my other hand led me through a journey of self-discovery in which I developed an intuitive drawing style that I found very exciting. Later in the healing process I was able to draw using both hands simultaneously, helping me realise that my hands are merely tools for my mind.
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