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About the Work

This sculpture was made out of an old squashed oil drum which I found on the banks of a canal in Wolverhampton when I was an art student in this town. The top section was modelled and then cast in fibreglass. My interest in making titles for a work as much as in making the work itself dates from this sculpture. I was interested in desegregation in the American South at the time as well as the 1964 General Election during which unofficial election posters were plastered throughout Wolverhampton saying 'If you want a nigger for a neighbour, vote Liberal or Labour'. The arm and the black hole are supposed to signify an exclamation mark turning into a question mark.

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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