Victoria Miro Gallery Islington London 8 May 2006
Grayson Perry has assembled a number of artefacts ostensibly concerning Victorian country life.. He has called the show The Charms of Lincolnshire, but the show is perhaps more about the preoccupation of this particular man from Essex, who likes to dress up. Grayson Perry is thus far known to be the artist who just happens to be a man, a simple potter, who dresses as a woman. His form of drag is so extravagantly contrived, that that you could only conclude that he does not necessarily wish to appear convincingly as a woman.
Grayson makes pots in order to illustrate them. Pots are his canvas, but his troublesome subjects are gender, death, and childhood.
There are a number of pots like this and pastiche photographs that feature Perry in Victorian drag The strength of this show is in the Victorian artefacts that have been assembled; found objects that resonate with Perry’s own work. The centre piece is a hearse dating from 1880