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Rodney Glick
Project team: Made Leno,
Dewa Tirtayasa, Wayan Darmadi, Chris Hill

Everyone No.83
2009
Carved and painted wood
80 x 80 x 50cm

An early Indian painting of Krishna and his consort Radha was the starting point for Everyone No.83 which shows a pair of lovers cloaked in lotus petals. Krishna, friend to the heroic Pandawas brothers from the Mahabarata, and an incarnation of the great god Wisnu, has consummated his love for Radha but then, according to Indian sources, went through a period of wanton play with a series of beautiful cowherd girls. Hearing of his infidelity Radha overcomes intense jealousy and in time returns to become his consort and eventually to share his divine status. Even without knowing the background to this work, we might look at this representation of idealised love and wonder if all is as it seems, what emotions are the lovers concealing and what will happen when the petals fade and drop?

Extract from catalogue essay by Chris Hill, Punching the Devil, New works from Rodney Glick Everyone Series, 2009

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