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The Walthamstow Tapestry



'The Walthamstow Tapestry' Grayson Perry 2009
 Grayson Perry has taken another materialistic approach to modern culture, aside from his beautifully crafted ceramic pots and a social stance as a transvestite. The Walthamstow Tapestry, inspired by the elaborate imagery of early 20th century Sumatran batik fabrics, depicts a woman giving birth, children talking on their mobile phones and a suicide bomber preparing to detonate himself, all more than likely to capture the audience's imagination from the word go.
The tapestry comments on the idealogical structure and values of contemporary culture, a particular significance of brands in modern life, and the almost religious weight they carry.
"It's almost like a religious fresco celebrating obscure gods and beliefs," where most of the detailed content has been plucked from our daily lives.