伊丽莎白 / Elizabeth

英国分币、模型泥、丙烯 / pence coins, modeling clay, acrylic, 2.5×2.5×0.2 cm 件 / each, 共计40件 / a set of 40 pcs,总体尺寸 / overall dimensions: 2.5×200×0.2 cm,2011

作品自述 / Artist Statement:

各国货币上的元首肖像含义深远。在君主立宪的英国,君主而非政治家的肖像是国家凝聚力的象征,需要出现在所有流通的币面上。不同于世界各国在过去半个世纪里所经历的——女王伊丽莎白二世的侧面头像一直伴随这个国家至今。在流通量更大的硬币上,皇家铸币厂需要数次更改她的容貌。尽管如此,她的肖像始终得以年轻于她本人的实际年龄。作为一个从未历经平民革命的国家,女王的尊崇地位不容质疑,但在其个人的生活中,她应该也有常人一样的快乐和忧虑。作为曾经暂居此地的艺术家,我所能做的微不足道,不过是收集了四十个历年发行的小额分币,向着未来的方向,更改了硬币上的年份,以此祝愿女王和她的国家能够重焕生机与活力。

The portraits of the leaders of state found on the coinage of every country are laden with profound meaning. In the UK, a constitutional monarchy, portraits of the monarch rather than of political personages act as symbols of a national cohesive force. They are required to appear on all coinage in circulation. Unlike the common practice in most of the world's countries throughout the previous half-century, the profile head portrait of Queen Elisabeth has accompanied this country up until the present. For coins that are in wider circulation, The Royal Mint has had to update her appearance several times. Even so, her portrait has always been stylized in a way that makes her look younger than her actual age. Given the absence of any serious civilian uprisings in her country, the queen enjoys a position of indisputable adoration. And yet her private life must be riddled with the same pleasures and grievances as those of ordinary people. The efforts of an artist who has lived briefly in the aforementioned territory are at most an insignificant drop in the bucket. However, I collected coins of small value distributed over the course of 40 calendar years. With sights set firmly on the future, I changed the years on the faces of these coins, as a wish for the rekindling of the former vigor and vitality of the queen and her country.

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展出履历 / Related Exhibitions:

Le Grand Monnayage,第八届梅勒双年展,梅勒,2018
冬季群展,艾可画廊,上海,2013
入戏出戏 — 刘辛夷、王韬程、叶甫纳三人展,余德耀美术馆,雅加达,2013
The Great Exhibition:陈天灼与刘辛夷双人展,Hatch Space,伦敦,2011

Le Grand Monnayage, The 8th Melle Biennale, Melle, 2018
Winter Collective Show, Aike Gallery, Shanghai, 2013
Action…Cut! — Liu Xinyi, Wang Taocheng, Ye Funa Joint Exhibition, Yuz Museum, Jakarta, 2013
The Great Exhibition: Two Artists' Show of Chen Tianzhuo and Liu Xinyi, Hatch Space, London, 2011