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    Fish Flag Mourant - Malachi Farrell

Malachi Farrell, Fish Flag Mourant, 1997-2000
Malachi Farrell, Fish Flag Mourant, 1997-2000

They are set on the floor, a dozen articulated metal fish flopping around frantically in a puddle of dirty water while one of their number seems to give its last gasp in the middle. The work refers to the sorry spectacle of polluted rivers. Bundles of trash, empty bottles, steel drums, and aspirin containers spread all around add an extra dramatic touch. The soundtrack reinforces the poignancy, an ominous arrhythmic beat of a heart moniter about to flatline.

From an essay by Catherine Francblin
Artpresse, no.252 (December 1999)

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