Buried Truth

Anthony Mannix’s career as an art-maker spans more than 40 years. His output includes writings, drawings, paintings, sculptures, books and sound recordings. Mannix’s work is held in many private and public collections around Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Australia. But a recent acquisition by The Museum of Everything in London (included in its major survey at Tasmania’s Mona in 2017–18) best indicates the orientation of his art. [1] Mannix documents and investigates his own experiences of ‘madness’ and, what is for him, madness’s implicit creativity. His work is often a dialogue between himself and the hallucinatory other, which he refers to as apparitions or appearances: a host of pulsating vivid presences and beasts.

[1] The Museum of Everything, Mona (Museum of Old and New Art), Berriedale, Tas., 11 June 2017 – 2 April 2018.



Anthony Mannix
Artist Book
Journal of a Madman no.4
p.7.1988, 30 x 21cm
Courtesy of Gareth Jenkins.

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Gareth Jenkins is a poet, artist and researcher. He is the designer and editor of the first book-length publication of writings by Anthony Mannix, The Toy of the Spirit, published in 2019 by Puncher & Wattmann. His first poetry collection, Recipes for the Disaster, was released by Five Islands Press in 2019. He manages The Atomic Book, an online digital archive of artwork and sound recordings by Anthony Mannix.

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