Frying rice cakes, Changi
ID numberART26489
Collection typeArt
TitleFrying rice cakes, Changi
MeasurementOverall: 26.3 x 36.8 cm (irreg.)
Object typeDrawing
MakerGriffin, Murray
Place madeSingapore: Changi
Date made1942
Physical descriptiongouache, watercolour, pencil on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionTwo prisoners of war at the Changi camp frying rice cakes on a makeshift stove consisting of a metal plate , under a native style shelter. 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 explore camp life, making do, the brutality of forced labour.