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Unravelled Arts - Unravelling the Vyne: Gate Gate

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Gate Gate was commissioned by Unravelled Arts for their 2012/13 exhibition at the National Trust property, The Vyne. The enamel automata was made in response to the house and makes parallels between the recent Plebgate affair, and a similar tale that involved the Duke of Wellington on the estate in the 1800’s. The object was later purchased by the National Trust and now resides at the house. In 2015 it formed part of Unravelled Arts, Leaving Home exhibition at CAA in London.


Enamel, Narrative, Satire


Automata, Metal work


Gate Gate
Photographer: Sussie Ahlburg
This contemporary object, an intervention within the 18th century print room at The Vyne, drew inspiration for shape and embellishment from artefacts within the house in order to create an item that to the casual observer looked historic, upon closer inspection however modern day references are revealed.
Gate Gate
Photographer: Sussie Ahlburg
A large key rotates the mechanism, ‘galloping’ the Duke up to the gate, but his way is barred! The brass diorama recedes into the base of the box allowing the lid to be closed.
Gate Gate
Photographer: Sussie Ahlburg
The lid of the box features a satirised version of an etching by Henry Thomas Alken, entitled The Victorious Bunchclod, the original print depicts the ‘gate’ incident involving the Duke, the new version contains visual references to the contemporary affair.

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