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In St Petersburg where the last Czar of all the Russias is buried with his family and servants, I videoed a deaf and dumb interpreter explaining how the Bolsheviks murdered them in 1917 and how, fairly recently, their remains were discovered, transferred to St Petersburg and re-interred. It was my son George who was responsible for drawing my attention and video camera away from the architecture of the tomb to this more animated subject. I tried to arrange the individually framed video frame grabs as an iconic Russian cross to make this something between a painting, a sculpture and Eisenstein film stills.

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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