A Language of Middle Class

In an attempt to do my own research into the taste choices of the middles classes, I have photographed here, with permission may I add, Louis’ aunt and uncles family home. With Grayson Perry’s idealisms of the middle classes firmly in my mind already, it wasn’t hard to see the same taste choices he’d suggested cropping up here within this home. The heart shaped emblem in the window for example, the Cath Kidson accessories and the Jamie Oliver cook books. These were all signs that Grayson Perry picked up on himself and were included in his portrayal of the middle classes.

In my essay I wrote: Perry, referring the taste decisions of our homes, suggests; “We often only become aware of these unconscious choices when we move between social classes.” I had my first transitional experience of this when visiting my boyfriend’s family for the first time; their home was very different to mine, filled with books, artworks, and collectables from their well travelled places, not to mention the fancy food I’d little heard of. It certainly didn’t look anything like my Grandmas’. It’s this experience that first placed me in Perry’s 3rd tapestry: Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close. These photographs now become my own photographic essay of moving between the classes.

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