Marotte 2008

Pio Abad (born 1983, Manila, The Philippines)

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Abad's work is concerned with the aesthetics of power. He has developed a rich visual language to comment on the control and collapse of totalitarian regimes. Although the work is abstract it is recognisable as a head - indeed, the title of the work 'marotte' is the French word for fool's dummy. Meticulously drawn braids and ringlets of hair, interlaced with pearls, remind us of the powdered wigs of the Versailles court. On closer inspection they dissolve into human entrails - a metaphor for the collapse of the monarchy and for what followed. Abad constructs pictorial space by overlapping elements and using pattern. Parquetry designs create the illusion of three dimensional boxes, some of which are obscured beneath the mass of hair. White and gold lines seem to continue on beneath the surface suggesting yet another layer. The strong surface diagonals introduce a dynamic element to the piece whilst reminding us of communist propaganda posters.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from the artist, 2009
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland 2007-2010 operated by the Scottish Arts Council.
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