Michael BRENNAND-WOOD, Died pretty - Flag of convenience Enlarge 1 /1


Bury, Lancashire, England, Great Britain born 1953

Died pretty - Flag of convenience 2005 Place made: England
Materials & Technique: textiles, assemblages collages, embroidered flowers, acrylic, plastic toy soldiers, wire, paint tubes, fabric, resin on wood panel asemblage, collage and computerised machine embroidery

Dimensions: 113.6 h x 164.6 w x 10.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2006
Accession No: NGA 2006.20

Brennand-Wood has chosen the universal image of the flower in this work, in which remembrance is given physical form, evoking killing fields from history to the present and their regeneration that fuels hope and continuity. He avoids saccharine sentiment, however, by a use of machine embroidery that links us to the world of industry and production that stretches from Jacquard’s loom charts of the eighteenth century to today’s computerised sewing machines, their implications for labour and exploitation lying beneath his iconography of nature.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design