Maopia

Maopia – 1986, collage, 26cm x 77cm/10in x 30in, © 2020 Dixon Adair

MAOPIA

This collage is created from a once common rural Chinese eye chart.

The hands were cut out, colored yellow, and placed between plexi-glass panes. The colorful background is a composite of several political posters including a poster promoting the Party’s One Child Policy. In the lower third, Chairman Mao, who was depicted on a famous postage stamp looking like the ‘Redeemer’—assuming the Mandate of Heaven, here descends from the mountaintop as Moses did with the Ten Commandments. A circle cut into the plexi-glass at the top holds a ceramic Mao button from Jingdezhen.

Looking back today at this piece, created 35 years ago, one can only conclude that Maopia has given way to far-sightedness.

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