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Embroidery Edition of 45
H 97cm x W 148cm
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
This beautiful embroidery from 2019 is a rare limited edition of 45 from Grayson Perry’s Embroidery collection. The flag is vertically divided into two sections by the shape of a tree, which separates the characters who look like modern renditions of Adam and Eve. Surrounded by all the gadgets of modern life, from a car to glasses, Adam and Eve embody a happy and content family tending to their two children, dog and cat.
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.