Jamie Fitzpatrick

Memorial to Sausage Politics, 2017

  • Medium:Mixed Media
  • Dimensions:297 x 124.5 x 132 cm

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Memorial to Sausage Politics, 2017

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Jamie Fitzpatrick’s Memorial to Sausage Politics references the famous quote by Otto von Bismarck: “If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.” The famous quote is suggestive of the idea that even healthy positive laws may have had an unsanitary process prior to its conclusion. The sculpture, made out of the same wax as that used at Madame Tussauds’ Museum, appears to be an abstraction of an unidentified person of authority.  The portrait has been transmogrified, defaced, the features luridly rearranged.

The stance of the figure and nature of the sculpture appears to satirically mimic memorial statues, highlighting the absurdity in replicating a fleeting reality. Alongside its title, the sculpture refers back to Fitzpatrick’s practice of distorting figures to question authoritative power within a society. The artist relates his style to Hogarth and Gillray, suggesting “Beauty and reality are linked, and all these things are kind of grotesque and monstrous because they are grotesque and monstrous.” For the artist, abstraction (or fiction) is a timeless method of disseminating knowledge. With fiction, such as Greek tragedies, the underlying theories about society can be relevant to both the time of its production and present society.