"Mercutio and Romeo"
Limited edition hand painted heart sculpture by YiMiao Shih, 2022.
A dedication to the friendship between the fictional characters Mercutio and Romeo, from William Shakespeare’s 1597 play Romeo and Juliet. Mercutio is a close friend to Romeo, who is fun-loving, witty but quick to temper. He stands up and fights for Romeo when he receives death threats, and tragically dies while Romeo tries to intervene the duel.
The work shows Mercutio on the right heart chamber and Romeo on the left, while puts his hand down at the tip of Mercutio’s sword. It intends to depict the noble appreciation, loyalty and love between two men, also hints that aggression in muscularity leads to the classic tragedy.
At the back of the heart there are two loving bunnies holding hands. That indicates love and harmony which are key to the heart of contemporary male friendship.
About YiMiao Shih:
YiMiao Shih creates contemporary ‘embroidery-drawing’. She also makes art with acrylic paints, mixed media and pencils. Her work, often satirises contemporary culture and politics, also captures the everyday mundane moments in life. Shih is also a visiting tutor of Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art.
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Dimensions: W 16.5 x D 9 x H 25 cm
Materials: Porcelain with acrylic paint and pencil