“Inspired by the book Flanimals by Ricky Gervais this piece called MaoSeal explores corruption and the Chinese figure Mao Zedong. Mao Zedong was well known for two things: swimming and corruption. With these two things, the artist combined them to form the animal MaoSeal. The seal’s body symbolises two things, how overweight Mao was in a time when famine was prevalent in China’s history and how corrupt/disconnected Mao was with his people shown by the MaoSeal swimming which symbolises his trying to get away from the real issues in China like the Great Chinese Famine which lasted from 1959 – 1961, killing around 15 – 30 million Chinese people.”

Black ink pointillism drawing on A4 paper

8.27″ x 11.69″



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