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Idealised Heterosexual Couple
20 7/8 x 11 13/16 in. (53 x 30 cm)
Medium and Support:
Mabel Fenner Lyon Fund and Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund
Location: Not currently on view
Grayson Perry is one of the best-known contemporary ceramic artists in the United Kingdom. His vessels are made by the traditional method of coiling. Most have a complex surface on which he uses a variety of techniques, including glazing, incision, embossing, and photographic transfer. Much of Perry’s work involves questions of identity, including his own.
Perry created Idealised Heterosexual Couple for his 2014 exhibition Grayson Perry: Who Are You? at London’s National Portrait Gallery. The images, which explore issues of identity through portraiture, are based on the lives of an actual family that lives in Blackpool, England. The parents maintain a close family unit through their shared love of ballroom dancing even though they are divorced. The father appears on one side, the mother on the other. The couple’s three daughters are depicted through photographs, stencils, and glazes. In its entirety, Idealised Heterosexual Couple speaks to Perry’s desire to “show something of the negotiations we are all involved in…around who we feel we are and how we are seen.”
[Forman Gallery, Summer 2015]