We Are Market Makers (2020-21)
These artworks are a lamination of symbolic forms that mimic the aesthetic norms of an heraldic symbolic arrangement. Historically, shields and flags bore escutcheon that were often designed to represent massive wealth accumulation and used by a hired (mercenary) army to protect it. Any family that had a legitimate claim to order a crest chose symbols and colors specific to them (by their region or landmarks, by animals or weapons, etc). Once designed, the escutcheon and details are used consistently across applications, much as logos are today. Materials used in their fabrication changed to align with any particular use. Ceremonial events employed family symbols within highly ornate objects that refer to other uses of the same visual lexicon. A prince’s helmet or armor, for example, would be made of a precious metal to be used in the context of the royal court and therefore rendered useless for battle, but it efficiently connotes the violence with which the wealth used to make that very amour has been gained. It is both a celebration and a warning. Soldiers marched and fought under family banners that helped them identify each other and their enemy in battle. The visual heraldic forms of escutcheon, banners, and symbols amalgamate to produce a universally legible signifier that is available to a range of uses.
The original drawings for the prints are shown below.