Rachel Mason


In 2004, Rachel Mason began to make groupings of small porcelain figures for every year of her life. Each set includes, in addition to a self-portrait, busts portraying global political and military leaders who were chief actors in some notable geopolitical aggression or armed conflict during that grouping’s respective year. Titled The Ambassadors, the work is currently complete through 2008 (the artist’s thirtieth year), and includes 117 figures ranging from two and a half to four inches in height. At Andrew Rafacz the figures appeared on a long shelf that snaked around the gallery, and ran in chronological order from Mason’s birth in 1978 (Pol Pot, Le Duan, Deng Xiaoping, and Leonid Brezhnev, for the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia) to 2008 (José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Mikel Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, for the conflict between the Spanish government and the Basque separatist group ETA),

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