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Anna Jane McIntyre

Extremely Armed Tea Warrior

Extremely Armed Tea Warrior
(etching, aquatint, drypoint, handcolouring)

Bicycling Tea Warrior

Bicycling Tea Warrior
(etching, aquatint, drypoint, à la poupée inking)

Dancing Tea Warrior

Dancing Tea Warrior
(etching, aquatint, drypoint, à la poupée inking)

Japanese Tea Warrior

Japanese Tea Warrior
(etching, aquatint, drypoint)

Mesopotamian Tea Warrior

Mesopotamian Tea Warrio
(etching, aquatint, drypoint)

Tea Warriors

In 2003, in reaction to the controversy surrounding the US/UK's invasion of Iraq I created an imaginary gang of tea drinking warriors who hailed from colonised countries and travelled the world hosting difficult conversations with the world's rulers over cups of tea. These elegant warriors pursued change and peaceful co-existence through exercises of non-violence. The warriors were largely inspired by the philosophy inherent in England's Hyde Park Speaker's corner, a testament to free speech and difficult public conversations. The 7 Tea Warriors were exhibited at Open Studio, a print studio in Toronto. They were hung as portals, nestled inside Moorish-inspired fabric archways fashioned by my aunt Jean. The exhibition was called For those who are about to eat me, I have arrived. This title has a long story behind it and is a reference to the strength and transformative energy that can be found through vulnerability and humour.

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