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Michelle Nikou, Paper Bag, 2013, bronze. Photo Sam Roberts

Paper Bag

Michelle Nikou
The location and the numerous ‘heads on plinths’ that line North Terrace generated the concept for this work. Part of the Adelaide City Bike Trail, Brown Paper Bag is a contemporary and quirky take on ‘the establishment of success’. Michelle Nikou considered shyness, anonymity and the feeling of not wanting to be seen– or perhaps even negating the pressure to be great when creating this work. Whilst the work does have a serious undercurrent it is also, perhaps foremost, humorous and playful. There is something most charming about little people who play with the anonymity of putting a brown paper bag over their heads–moving in circles and bumping into things. The artwork is located in front of western wing of the South Australian Museum.
South Australian Museum, North Terrace

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