A limited edition fine art print of Nadya from Pussy Riot made from Wordsworth's poem 'I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud'.
Signed and numbered edition of 50.
Size: 88cm x 90cm
Printed on Somerset Velvet 330gsm paper with deckled edges. Certificate of authenticity on request.
Price £220 - incs. Worldwide Delivery
'Article Ten' is a contemporary reflection on freedom. It features a portrait of Nadya Tolokonnikova from Pussy Riot created from the redacted text of William Wordsworth’s famous poem ‘I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud’.
The text in this artwork - Wordsworth’s poem expressing a sense of freedom and joy elicited by his gazing at the beauty of nature - is symbolically redacted in places - reflecting issues of censorship, secrecy and oppression by various elements in power.
The use of Pussy Riot and their symbolic fight for human rights - and artistic freedom - as a subject in the artwork - is used as a metaphoric example of the regressive impact on human culture that occurs when the brutes, the bullies and the barbarians are in power. Adding to this, the beautiful face of Nadya is also ‘covered-up’ by the ‘de-terrorised’ yellow balaclava - simultaneously ‘redacting’ beauty - but also visually representing the floral scenes in the poem.
The artwork is entitled ‘Article 10’ - a reference to the Geneva Convention For Human Rights. It also hints at the artist's awareness that as well as creating a work of art - he has also created a commodity; a necessary act if the voices of artists without financial means are to be heard.
The image of Nadya comes from an original photograph by Igor Mukhin. The composition echoes the early 20th century Russian Constructivist poster ‘Books’ by Aleksandr Rodchenko - more recently re-created by Mathew Cooper for Franz Ferdinand’s album ‘You Can Have It So Much Better’.
The stormy, semi-abstract painted sky - over which Wordsworth’s poem is written symbolizes the storm of controversy surrounding Pussy Riot’s challenge to Putin’s government and their subsequent incarceration. It also echoes the dramatic English Lake District scenery around which Wordsworth ‘wandered lonely as a cloud’.