"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

A Private Hanging

Some months ago Sunil Laal, a young and rising Kerala artist, was in search of a temporary studio. I offered him the use of my out-house for a few weeks.

Sunil painted a diptych, “The Hidden Flower”, and kindly gave the pictures to me.

Today my carpenter, Sebastian, came to hang them in my hall.



These events are rarely quite as simple as envisaged: my concrete walls proved to be exceedingly tough and a more powerful drill had to be fetched; the furniture needed rearranging into new and more pleasing symmetries once the pictures were up. But the task is now happily complete.

Sebastian has been hastily dispatched upstairs: to hang more pictures in the upper hall and move a wall cabinet to a different room. His wife has just delivered a new baby. I don’t know when he will be free again..


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3 responses

  1. Lucille

    I approve. The TV had to go. They look wonderful.

    October 14, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    • The TV didn’t go. I merely moved it!
      Sebastian’s next commission is to build me a small TV and DVD stand.

      October 14, 2010 at 7:12 pm

  2. Very striking arrangement.

    October 15, 2010 at 2:36 am

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