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About the Work

I took the photographs for this work in Disneyland, California, in August 1981. As with 'Nuclear War in the UK' and 'Dachau Railway Station', subconscious collective escapism is, I suppose, one of the issues I have attempted to deal with. I found Disneyland at once cheerful and sinister. Some years ago, an American friend told me that many of his countrymen think of 'abroad' as a sort of Disneyland. Yet this place could not be more American. There is also a jokey obsession with death -- almost an attempt to exorcise it.
I have tried to show people being swept into their own creation.

(This piece forms the right panel of the Triptych on Nuclear War)

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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