An Original tea towel from the 2006 exhibition. For framing.
Grayson Perry was born and grew up in rural Essex. Living and working in London the artist's practice has largely dealt with metropolitan themes. The Charms of Lincolnshire allows Perry the possibility to think and create work about the countryside. This is not a historical exhibition about Lincolnshire. It focuses on the Victorian era and themes that have a strong emotional charge for the artist such as death, childhood, religion, folk art, hunting and the feminine. From thousands of items in the collections Perry has selected categories of objects around each theme and in response to them has created new works, including pots, ceramics, embroidery, photography and cast iron.
"My initial idea was to focus these themes around an unknown artist, a mentally ill (Victorian) farmer's wife driven insane by the loss of her children. Her ghost and those of the children haunt the choices and works I have made for the show."
The title for the exhibition The Charms of Lincolnshire invokes a bucolic cliché of National Trust England (Perry has even designed this tea towel), whilst also suggesting that the items exhibited are talismans of some forgotten, arcane, rural voodoo.
"The biscuit tin idyll of cosy village Britain is luckily in the past, for it was a candlelit back-breaking, sexist, tubercular child-death hell. The ghosts of long-ago children flicker in the dead-eyed familiars of wax, porcelain and wooden dolls I have chosen and in the stitches of the samplers worked by young pious hands".
The Charms of Lincolnshire was first exhibited at The Collection, Lincoln in February 2006.
- Grayson Perry
- Title of artwork
- The Charms of Lincolnshire
- Not signed
- As new
- Image size
- 41×69 cm
- Total dimensions
- 48×75.5×0 cm
- Sold with frame