"Reverend on Ice" (2005)

"Reverend on Ice," 2005
Life-size fiberglass mannequin, semi-opaque synthetic polymer resin, Dutch wax printed cotton, wool, leather, wood, and steel, 63 x 158 2/5 x 236 4/5 inches overall
Collection of National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Photo by Christopher Burke © Yinka Shonibare MBE
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

"There’s something bizarre about people doing active things if they don’t have heads—a kind of gallows humor, a joke about the French Revolution when the aristocracy had their heads guillotined. It’s also a device that manages to make the pieces post-racial."

-Yinka Shonibare MBE