LAUREN EDMONDS

Bernays [2014]

Bernays (2014) 76x58cm, pastel, conte, charcoal, ink on Stonehenge paper, $950

 

A portrait of Edward Bernays (1891-1995) who coined the term ‘public relations’. In the 1920s he theorised that without an invisible ruling power that ‘manipulated the organised habits and opinions of the masses’, democracy would fail and irrational thought and animalistic forces would consume society into chaos.  Ironically, PR now seems to amplify these irrational feelings globally through the world media.