River of Blood, Iniva London

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River of Blood, Iniva London

Date: 2010

Measurements: eight m wide

Description: On show at INIVA as part of the exhibition 'Who's Map is It? new mapping by artists'. Made from laser cut vinyl, based on road maps of East London formed into the shape of the Thames.

Material: laser cut vinyl

Provenance: Iniva London, UK

Notes: Susan was commissioned to make a piece for the window at Iniva. 'River of Blood' forms the shape of the River Thames snaking across the window. The red arteries refer to roads, the arterial forms of the body and river tributaries. The piece is mounted on the window, the area of the building that forms a skin between the inside and outside of the gallery. The Thames famously divides London providing a demarkation between North and South, a barrier that some refuse to cross and defines the city's shape making it recognisable. The title references the bodily blood red arteries and a quote by Winston Churchill where he referred to the River Thames as the "silver artery of the Empire". Obviously the Thames brought riches to Britain but in that process much blood was shed, hence the title 'River of Blood'. The last image shows a close-up cut-out bus map of South London, 'Red Road Arteries', this is an earlier work and where the idea for this commission came from.

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