Grayson Perry, 6th August 2017

The Vanity of Small Differences (2012)

  • The Vanity of Small Differences is a six tapestry series that tells a story about a character named Tim and tells the story about his upbringing and the situations he's in during the different points in his life. 

The Agony in the Car Park 2012.jpg

^The Agony in the Carpark, 2012 [Tim is in his teens here and is seen kneeling down on the right, as well as playing with a plane in the background on the left.]

  • The tapestries tells the story about class mobility and the influence that it has on the aesthetic taste that people have through the years growing up. 
  • They are also very finely knitted, using a knitting device.

The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal 2012.jpg

^The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, 2012 [At this point, Tim has a wealthy life selling his software business for a huge profit and is seen holding his child on the right.]

  • There are many symbolisms and hints, as well as text displayed that gives more information about the narrative being told. Such as, in The Agony at the Carpark, there is a computer magazine sticking out of Tim's Adidas bag that shows his early interest in software. In The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, tells of his wealth through the tablet and newspaper displayed on the kitchen table.
  • I would like to also show my narrative through symbolism similar to how Grayson Perry has done: subtle, allowing the viewer to read through the story themselves.



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