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Artist's description:

'Uruku' is Tamil for 'melt', ' to become liquified', 'to be softened', 'to sympathise'.

I find it interesting how words can have more than one meaning and how their meaning changes dependent on situation and intent, often paradoxically. Fire can melt plastic ... ice melts ... when its a really hot day, people say 'Im melting'.... and meeting another and falling in love can melt your heart...

When the very first tanks appeared on the battlefields of the first World War it must have seemed like something out of a SciFi book. Great hulking boxes of metal traveling towards you at walking speed, spitting out bullets and crushing everything in their wake. Though the tank was the newest innovation in war technology at the time, the crew wore something very ancient within its metal confines.Whilst the tank walls would pretty much protect those inside from everyday bullets, anything larger could cause shrapnel to enter the tank and ricochet of the walls. To protect their faces the tank crew wore masks fitter with chainmail that hung down across their necks ...

A friend went traveling abroad and I asked her to bring me some bits back. When she returned she emptied her bag out and it was full of seeds, wood, shells and other natural objects that she'd picked up for me on the beaches or in the Jungle. I felt a bit concerned about this, as the valley where I live has its own microclimate and any strange insects that might get into the local environment could cause total havoc. So... I put all the bits in a clear plastic bag, sealed it and put it on the the window sill. A few days later, there was a bright luminous yellow ball of a creature crawling its way along the top of the pile...

Materials used:

Acrylic, paint pen, collage

Uruku (2014)


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This artwork is sold by Runic John Spedding from United Kingdom

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