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The Last Paul Mumme Work, 2015

by Paul Mumme

Finalist, Digital Portraiture Award 2016
Single-channel HD digital video

The Last Paul Mumme Work, 2015 by Paul Mumme
Video: 3 minutes

This conceptual video-performance work uses the notion of artistic persona to explore issues and anxieties around making art today. Assuming a contrived alter ego (part Andy Warhol, part Liberace, part Russell Crowe) ‘Paul Mumme’ introduces a survey exhibition of his work that he claims will be his last. He outlines the reasons he will be ending his career, touching on several timely issues faced by visual artists given the current cultural, economic and political climate. A mixture of artifice, honesty, pomposity and insecurity, the work is a bizarre self portrait of a contemporary Australian artist.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.