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Body language
from the Kiss of light series 1990

self adhesive plastic collage and enamel paint on plywood
152.4 × 121.8 cm
inscribed in fibre-tipped pen on reverse u.c.: David McDiarmid / "Body Language" / 1990
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1997
© David McDiarmid/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
A mosaic of reflective mylar plastic shapes, 'Body language' depicts a naked male figure with his back to the viewer. When lit, the mylar mosaic reflects the full colour spectrum in a dazzling display. The figure's hands spread his buttocks to reveal the anus depicted as a holographic winking eye. Inscribed on the figure's body are the names of friends and lovers of the artist who have died of AIDS related illnesses. The block-like head contains Swastika with each letter of the acronym AIDS situated in a separate quadrant of the symbol. The swastika refers, generally, to extreme political and social conservatism in the wake of the A IDS crisis, particularly with regards to funding for health and education programs.