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  • Mad Kid's Bedroom Wall Pot, Grayson Perry, 1996. Photo: Nick Moss

Mad Kid’s Bedroom Wall Pot by Grayson Perry

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.

 

Mad Kid's Bedroom Wall Pot, Grayson Perry, 1996. Image by Nick Moss

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

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