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All that glitters

All that glitters (coat of arms of the City of London) 239 x 266cm.  All photos this page Michael Franke, 2004

Series of three
2004
Textile, plastic, oil-stick, artificial hair, plywood
Coats of Arms   Royalty  

Commissioned by The Drawing Room, London, 2004

"...But emblems disclose something else equally sickening about state power. In his view that war is natural to humans 'when there is no visible Power to keep them in awe,' the 17th century philosopher Thomas Hobbes endorsed the mystificatory role emblems play in commanding obedience on the part of 'the people' precisely because most of us neither understand their meaning nor pay them much attention." - Kobena Mercer, 2011

 

Grin and bear itVeni Vidi Vici

Left - Grin and bear it, 240 x 202cm.  Right -Veni, Vidi, Vici, 214 x 244cm (coats of arms of the Queen).  Below - detail of All that glitters.

detail of All that glitters

 
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