Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry has revealed a series of new works set to feature on his new Channel 4 series.
Grayson Perry: Who Are You? airs tomorrow at 10pm and features a selection of pieces set to go on display in the 19th Century section of the National Portrait Gallery from 25th October, rubbing shoulders with esteemed generals, monarchs and politicians from the past.
So, what exactly will be on show? Exhibit A. The Huhne Vase. A ceramic pot decorated with a repeating pattern including the face of the former cabinet minister, his personalised numberplate and a penis. Yes, you read that right.
Perry bagged the final interview with Huhne and his partner, Carina Trimingham, the night before his sentencing for perverting the course of justice, and was the first to speak with him on the morning of his release.
“I wanted to include Chris Huhne [because] he represents what I call Default Man, a white, middle class, middle aged, heterosexual man, an identity group that hides in plain sight.”
“I have represented Chris as a series of repeat patterns. This is a riposte to the common Default Man’s defence that he is an ‘individual’ and his achievements and behaviour have nothing to do with a group identiy.”
Eagle-eyed observers will notice The Huhne Vase isn’t in the finest condition. That’s because Perry purposefullly smashed and repaired it using an ancient Chinese method using lacquer resin dusted or mixed with gold to fill in the gaps.
“I have smashed the pot and had it repaired with gold to symbolise that vulnerability might be an asset in relationships to such a person,” he explains.
Next up, Exhibit B. The Ashford Hijab, inspired by young Muslim convert Kayleigh Khosravi from Ashford, Kent. Perry spent time with her and her family and visited the mosque she attends, depicting her in the form of a silk hijab portraying her and her children on the “symbolic path from that temple of consumerism to the focal point of the Muslim faith at Mecca.”
“What does Islam offer to a young white woman in her twenties,” asks Perry. “The answer, I found, appears to be a refuge from the nagging consumer pressures and constant, often sexual, scrutiny of women all pervaisve in western society.”
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Perry also sought inspiration from a young transgender man, Loyalist marchers in Northern Island, deaf parents and a couple living with Alzheimer’s.