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    Untitled (knife 2), ROBERTS, Neil; 1984, Funded by Crafts Board, Australia Council
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Artist ROBERTS, Neil
Birth 1954, Australia
Death 2002, Australia
   
Title Untitled (knife 2)
Date 1984
Place Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Medium sheet glass, glued and cracked, paint
Dims 21.9 x 38.2 x 7.0 cm
Collection Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery
Creditline Funded by Crafts Board, Australia Council
AccNo 1999.001
 

Neil Roberts's practice ranges across different forms of artistic expression including sculpture, studio glass, installation and performance.

His work is characterised by dramatic relationships of materials and motifs. It is visually and psychologically confronting in the spirit of the subversive Dada movement pioneered in Europe by Marcel Duchamp in the early 20th century. Untitled (Knife 2), like much of Roberts's work, combines wry humour with unsettling social critique.

Recalling the shattered glass plate of Duchamp's The large glass (1915-23), this smaller work exploits the brittle and vulnerable nature of the medium. Sharp internal fractures in the panel convey a sense of menace or impending calamity.