Chosen by Alun Graves at the Victoria and Albert Museum
We ask makers, curators, designers, creative practitioners and the Crafts Council team to select their favourite object from the Crafts Council Collection and to tell us why.
Alun Graves, Curator Ceramics & Glass Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, says
The collaged surface of Mad Kid’s Bedroom Wall echoes pop art traditions. But unlike, say, Richard Hamilton’s parody of upbeat consumerist domesticity, Perry draws us into the more psychological landscape of the teenage bedroom. Perry’s pots of the 90s possess a raw power: the potency of their ideas outstrips their technical sophistication or prettiness. A poem pinned to his metaphorical wall ends: ‘I was a mad kid and now I ain’t. I got out coz I could paint.’ Through its conscious lack of polish it manages to say something eloquent about the redemptive power of art, for both artist and viewer.
About this Object
Date of making: 1996
Date of acquisition: 1997
Technique/Process: Ceramics, coil-built, stencilling, inlay
Materials: Earthenware, glaze, transfers
Dimensions: H 440mm x D431mm
Collection Number: P442