Sir Grayson Perry CBE RA (b.1960)
glazed ceramic, stamped and numbered to the reverse '10', from a series of 12, executed 2018
24 x 16cm
'Alien Baby' was created during Perry's time making the BAFTA-nominated 'Rites of Passage', a four-episode series exploring the topics of Death, Marriage, Birth and Coming of Age. Perry travelled the world exploring rituals across different cultures before returning home to England, to discuss his findings with British families, drawing parallels with seminal moments in their own lives and helping to devise secular rituals to help them make sense of the landmark moments they were experiencing.
He described witnessing the slow-motion modern miracle that sees the babies being nurtured into the world by the dedicated team of nurses who help them survive and thrive against all odds. He sees the nurses as the crew of a spaceship, employing modern technology with a sympathetic touch, the twinkling lights of the monitors reminiscent of the light-up controls of the flight deck of a spaceship.
‘It feels otherworldly like we are on board a spaceship drifting through inner space on our way to the time when they [the babies] should have come’.
Inspired by this cosmic scene and believing there to be a need for the NHS to be ritualised as one of the pillars of modern society, Grayson produced a range of twelve 'Alien Babies', each a celebration of the NHS, the technology and, above all, the humanity of the neonatal nurses. The works, each unique and executed in pottery with a metallic gilt glaze, were gifted by the artist to every member of the neonatal team at the Broomfield.
Provenance: The work was given by the artist to the vendor, who was a Ward Administrator during the time of filming, and featured in episode three of the series.
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Crazing and minor losses to the glaze with some discolouration. There are indentations from the kiln stand on the back.
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