Matthew Brannon - Contemporary Artists

People Who Divide People

People Who Divide People The Saatchi Gallery
 

Matthew Brannon

People Who Divide People

2006
Silkscreen & embroidery on canvas

254 x 150 cm

In People Who Divide People, Matthew Brannon adapts his eel motif as a logo of power and class divide. The image itself contains multiple symbolism: as loathsome viper, lowly animal, and revolutionary icon of early America. Rendered in black and white, the delicate pattern is reminiscent of both lace and tire tracks. Humorously recalling the colonial motto “Don’t Tread On Me”, Brannon’s snake supplants ideas of freedom liberation as an elitist decal of ‘good taste’.
 
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