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ID number ART25103
Title Back from Thailand
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Griffin, Murray (Artist)
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made 1943
Medium pencil on paper
Measurement Overall: 36.4 x 46.8 cm


Figure studies of recently returned men from the Burma-Thailand railway, with emaciated limbs and bodies, showing their physical condition. Griffin documents the tropical skin diseases that ravaged many prisoners bodies. Infections and tropical ulcers could often lead to amputation of a limb. This is one of a small collection of works on paper by Murray Griffin, a captured official war artist, done in Changi. Over the three years, Griffin's work changes from an optimistic record of camp life, to detached evidence of atrocities and death. The images deals with the themes of camp life, making do, the brutality of forced labour.