Manuela Zammit


Many Faces of The Mill
Illustration by Manuela Zammit

Original illustration as part of the Many Faces of The Mill collection, celebrating The Mill’s 30th anniversary as an Art, Culture and Crafts Centre. The Illustration is in a limited edition of 30 prints, and part of a series of 10 different illustrations by established and up and coming illustrators and artists.

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Manuela Zammit is a contemporary art curator by profession with a special focus on text-based art and art that explores language. My research/making practice - textpresso - all started when I came across my first typewriter at a flea market in Holland and became fascinated with what can be done on these machines. Since 2019, and very much in the spirit of the concrete poetry movement from the 1960s, textpresso has been an ongoing playful experiment that uses words and linguistic elements to make visual arrangements and alternative poetry. Through the use of primarily analog tools, textpresso is a gently radical practice in that it advocates for a slow making process and the value of the handmade in a fast-paced and content-hungry digital age.

For this particular call, I got inspired by the plaque saying ' MODERN ART' situated just on top of the Mill's main entrance. My typewritten work is a visual arrangement of 9 rectangular blocks that when looked at up close, it turns out each one is made from the repetition of a letter that forms the phrase 'modern art'. I avoided the structure of a straight grid because I wanted the illustration to look like it's on the move and be more dynamic and playful, in such a way reflecting Gabriel Caruana's work. A defining trait of modern art is breaking the rules in order to create unexpected outcomes, which I also enjoy doing on my typewriter, a tool with many limitations that turn into possibilities when the rules of the device are pushed to their limit.

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Weight .03 kg
Dimensions 29.7 × 21 cm

Manuela Zammit




Printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth fine art paper, 308gsm, 100% cotton, acid and lignin free




21 cm by 29.7 cm (A4 print)


The Many Faces of The Mill collection is a limited edition of only 30 prints per illustration. All prints include a certificate of authenticity signed by the Foundation's Director, and includes the edition number (ex. 1/30).

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