Empire of Love
six engraved polished brass Zippo lighters, edition of 2, 2020

Installation view, Domestic Bliss, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow. 2020.
Images courtesy Katie Bruce.

Images courtesy Glasgow Museums. 

Commissioned by the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow for the exhibition Domestic Bliss.

The lighters are engraved with text retrieved and reworked from James Boswell’s 1791 poem, ‘No Abolition of Empire, or the Universal Empire of Love’ in which he mocks his abolitionist contemporaries and calls for the continuation of Transatlantic Slavery.

An edition of the work entered the Glasgow Museums Collection via support from the National Acquisitions Fund.