William Morris is celebrated as a British hero, a craftsman who fought for equality. Jeremy Deller's 'We Sit Starving Amidst Our Gold' celebrates and queries this legacy, summoning Morris to throw Roman Abramovich's yacht into the Venetian lagoon. Kim Clayton-Greene looks at Morris's biography and popular image, and the ways in which his intent and impact have at times conflicted.
Kim Clayton-Greene finished her PhD Candidate in Art History at the University of Melbourne, researching print display in the British domestic interior from the nineteenth-century etching revival to the Edwardian era. For 2015 she has been awarded the Harold Wright and Sarah & William Holmes Scholarship at the British Museum.