Heavy Duty Concertina Razor Wire (8m Coil) Thought, 2021
Oil on canvas
About the Artist
Max Gimson (b. 1990, UK) is a contemporary visual artist. Max lives and works in Glasgow, UK.
About the Artwork
Heavy Duty Concertina Razor Wire (8m coil) Thought was made just as I started working at a memorials factory outside of Glasgow. I was walking to the shops on my lunch break and it was a crisp sunny day in winter and I was looking at the barbed wire across all of the factory yards. It made me recall the short story “In the Penal Colony” by Kafka for some reason. I could picture the torture device in the story: it tattoos the crime of the prisoner on their skin over and over till they die. The painting was an attempt to capture that flight of thought.