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Grayson Perry: Marriage Flag - Embroidery

Marriage Flag

Grayson Perry


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Embroidery, 2019
Embroidery Edition of 45
H 97cm x W 148cm

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Critical Review

The embroidery was made in support of Koestler Arts, a UK-based charity active in the criminal justice system which seeks to encourage the detainees to participate in the arts.

In his typical manner, Perry uses here once again bright and colourful tones - in this case, the colours pink, red, blue, white and green dominate the scene - and an assembly of symbols and characters which do not follow a linear narrative to convey his societal commentaries. The work strikes in its celebratory tone of family life, which distinguishes it from other pieces like Six Snapshots Of Julie or The Vanity Of Small Differences, where Perry makes use of his distinctive satirical and dark humour.

In Marriage Flag, Perry weaves together the most classical of references, the story of Adam and Eve, with a traditional medium, that of embroidery, to convey and offer a positive message of hope.

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