Tuesday, 27 August 2019

The Interrogator's Garden

The Interrogator's Garden
by Paula Rego - 2000
Pastel on paper, mounted on aluminium

Originally commissioned by the Foundation For Victims of Torture, Paula Rego’s The Interrogator’s Garden offers untold complexities. Here the soldier sits as a camp figure of lust, surrounded by the tools of his horrible trade, each one as mysterious as the symbols in the Arnolfini Wedding. Paula Rego presents a softer side to her interrogator. She draws him as a romantic monster, an object of ridicule (?) a symbol of decadence, weakness, and folly. (saatchigallery.com)

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