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About the Work

This pun-sculpture was based on the tomb beds of the nobility found in most mediaeval English churches where husband and wife lie in effigy side by side. I thought of how such people would be commemorated today. There would be a newspaper photograph with a caption saying 'The Duchess of Mecklenberg and left, the Duke of Mecklenberg'. So I wrote this on the work. This made the additional point that the duke had been 'left' as his wife had pre-deceased him.
Lastly, I graffitied 'murderer!' and big black cross over the duke's grave. This implied some foul play by the duke.
Scrawling this word across an image was an idea I borrowed from a strange family tale. Apparently at the time of the Dieppe debacle during the Second World War, my grandmother had clipped a photograph of Churchill out of the newspaper, scrawled 'Murderer!' across it and mailed it to the great man.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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