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Grapes Cap Horse Queen

Ellis, AWJ (2017) Grapes Cap Horse Queen. Alright Books, Manchester. ISBN 978-1-38-980304-8

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‘Grapes Cap Horse Queen’ (or GCHQ) is an artist book that explores the use of initialisms in a critical manner; how government organisations use initialisms as a part of their linguistic code. The work highlights the use of these initialisms in a playful manner, by presenting them in the form of a children’s alphabet book (A for Apple, B for Balloons, C for Cap, etc). In doing so, a contrast is created between the use of poetic linguistic techniques by these power structures and the child-like way they are presented in the publication. A starting point for the trajectory of the work was a scene from the Cary Grant movie, ‘I Was a Male War Bride’. In a classic scene from the film, the use of government initialisms is parodied by Grant as he tries to decode various government initialisms and acronyms. In the publication, this scene acts as a point of departure.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Art & Design
Publisher: Alright Books
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Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2017 10:35
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 23:32
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6995
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