Selfie with Political Causes
etching in colours, 2018, on wove paper, signed in pencil, inscribed AP on the reverse, one of ten artist’s proofs aside from the edition of 68, published by The Paragon Press, London
Plate 668 x 1000 mm.
Sheet 690 x 1018 mm.
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“I made this print for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition that I curated in 2018. The RA has these arcane rules written into its constitution, one of which is that there have to be a certain number of painters, sculptors, architects and printmakers among the Academicians at any one time. Somewhat bizarrely, I was elected as a printmaker - so I thought I'd better make a print!

The image was inspired by an Indian miniature I saw: an equestrian portrait where the horse was enormous and the person sitting on it was tiny. I was also playing with the idea of riding a machine that has righteousness on its side - social justice and equality - trampling over things like racisms, sexism, poverty and homophobia with its big spiked tyres. The unhelpful toxic waste coming out of the machine is tolerance, free speech and democracy - things that the social-justice warriors really struggle with.`~~”

– Grayson Perry

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