Fool's Sceptre

Fool's Sceptre

Kieran Muir

Fool’s Sceptre irreverently represents the duality of values: the high and low, the rejection of purity and the respect for carnivalesque tradition, the hedonism of self-indulgence and the fragility of working-class masculinity. A proletarian work, engaging with earthly materials and low culture, the work embodies a freedom drive, initiating a liberatory politic through the means of traditional cultural imagery. Historically, the role of the fool is to lampoon established doctrine and dogma; whereas, the sceptre is a phallic iteration of the establishment, seen in religious and regal iconography. 

Cheeky and coy, fleshy and cracked, the transparently disguised profanity of the work inspires images of stimulation, both physical and psychological. It hints at a commentary on the fragility of hegemonic masculinity, but manifestly champions sexual expression. Exemplifying the free ethos of the carnival, Fool’s Sceptre reminds the viewer that nothing is necessarily just as it seems, nor it is otherwise.

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