This piece is a reproduction of the bizarre and visually striking display that adorned the headquarters of the Italian Fascist Party in Rome during a 1934 “Yes” or “No” referendum; Benito Mussolini’s menacing visage surrounded by the word YES. The message had all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.
“SI” is screenprinted on wood measuring 12 x 11 inches (30 x 27cm). Mussolini’s face is a hand painted resin cast of an original polymer clay sculpture. The plaque will hang on 2 nails or anchored screws that are firmly embedded in the wall.
When I first saw photographs of the Italian Fascist Party HQ, the first thing that came to mind was Big Brother from Orwell’s masterpiece “1984.” I find the dystopian, sci-fi esque imagery so compelling I made it into a piece of wall art.