Tell them I said something is a show about the occasionally poignant and sometimes humorously apt final last words uttered at the cusp of life. Singh has memorialised quotes of famous last words of a variety of artists, performers and historical figures into a sculptural format. Using the peaks and troughs of the soundwaves Singh solidifies the ephemeral characteristics of sound into a sculptural existence. This body of work continues Singh’s exploration of the conundrums in representing intangible and ephemeral elements as sculpture.
Francisco “Pancho” Villa was a fighter and leader in the Mexican Revolution. After his military retirement he began a political career for which he was assassinated in 1923. Pancho was regularly misquoted by the newspapers, however on this occasion his inability to surmise his thoughts and communicate to his supporters got the better of him and he was quoted as pleading: “don’t let it end like this, tell them I said something.” Unfortunately for Pancho this was quoted word for word for political gain, hence becoming his famous last words.
The artist wishes to acknowledge and thank Luke Ommundson and the team at Evostyle for their support and assistance with this project.
Roh Singh is represented by dianne tanzer gallery Melbourne; photograph by Brenton McGeachie.