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Title

Map of truths and beliefs

2011


Artist

Grayson Perry

England

24 Mar 1960 -


About

“I wanted to make a sort of altarpiece, a map of heaven... The charge of it is in the clash of the prosaic and the spiritual. I was thinking of pilgrimage in a wider, non-religious sense, so I included places of pilgrimage that I’d googled. Most are religious but many are historical and secular. In the centre is an eye.... Alan Measles, my teddy bear, is in the middle of the pupil, as the god.

“The female figure at the far left represents the aggressive consumerism of modern life: she has a black trouser suit, two iPhones and straightened hair. The boy at the centre is innocent logic. He’s got his set-square, his toy car and camouflage trousers; he’s trying to make sense of the universe. The bear is a wild, emotional vision of the world and the woman opposite in folk costume represents tradition.

“Between them they hold in balance the two things: raw creativity and sensuous desire, and the rules of society. Together they carry the disc of belief.”

—Grayson Perry


Details


Date

2011


Media category

Textile


Materials used

acrylic, wool and cotton tapestry


Edition

7/7 (edition of 7 plus 2 AP


Dimensions

290.0 x 690.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2014


Accession number

143.2014


Artist information

Grayson Perry

Works in the collection

1


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Jacky Klein, Grayson Perry, London, 2013, 256-7 (colour illus.).

Grayson Perry, Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, London, 2011, (colour illus.).