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T h o m  G o r s t

Tank

Acrylic on canvas.  760mm x 760mm



For me, the Soviet Union was the paradigm of Modernity: a planned and technocratic state that unified difference and believed in the 'grand narrative'.  


... it didn't seem like that when, as a child I used to steal aboard the aged Soviet cargo ships in Birkenhead Docks , where the gangway guard seemed more concerned with keeping crew on board than inquisitive children off.


This is a series of three paintings in which I use Cyrillic script to stimulate a memory of that huge, and temporary, marriage of doctrine and technology.