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Gradation of Influence

Artwork Description

GRADATION OF INFLUENCE, 2015
Brass on Zim Black Granite
Edition of 4

A house of cards, cast in bronze, symbolises the fragile power structures in our lives, whether the houses of parliament or the parent-child relationship in (the memory of) a family home; perhaps the schooling system or your place of work; the hierarchies in society in which we place our trust.

In this sculptural piece each archetypal power symbol has its counter-balance tilted in the opposite direction: protagonist and antagonist, capitalism and communism – each card defined by its ideological opposite(s). Will this house of cards withstand the winds of change? Or will the Nkandla tumble? How fragile is our democracy; how (de)graded the leadership; how volatile our influence? And how interchangeable the cards with which we play this timeless game?

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