EMPIRE is a subversion of a toile. Originally made in France in Joy-en-Josas by Oberkampf and Huet in the early 18th century this household luxury design found its way on anything from textiles to teapots. Toiles were very popular during the Colonial Era and became a tool for colonial expansion,they depicted scenes that ranged from France's alliance with America to pastoral landscapes that captured the French imagination. In this piece I have re-appropriated the pastoral scenes to reflect true empire.

Giclee on archival paper

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EMPIRE
photos Jamie Lau
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