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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.

″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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