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Map of truths and beliefs



Grayson Perry


24 Mar 1960 –

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    acrylic, wool and cotton tapestry
    7/7 (edition of 7 plus 2 AP
    290.0 x 690.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 2014
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Grayson Perry, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London

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    Grayson Perry

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  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • Grayson Perry, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 10 Dec 2015–01 May 2016

    • Carnivalesque, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Jun 2018–28 Oct 2018

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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