The Line of Departure

by Grayson Perry, 2014

Edition of 9. Accompanied by signed and numbered certificate

  • The Line of Departure145 x 294 cm

'The title comes from a conversation I had with one of the three wounded veterans that I have depicted. Stewart Hill showed me a photograph of a troop of soldiers crossing a shallow river in Afghanistan. It was the last photo taken before they were attacked, when he received a head wound that would change his life. Stewart pointed at the photo: 'Just beyond there was the line of departure, the starting point of the operation..' I have designed this tapestry in the style of an Afghan war rug. It shows Stewart Hill, Karl Hinett and Peter Dunning crossing back over another battle line on their return to the challenge of civilian life as a wounded soldier.'

Grayson Perry