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Fairnington described his works as 'looking for everyday events that reflect wider issues', and found material for social and political parables within the mixed ethnic community on the council estate in Deptford, in the East End of London, where he lived in a high-rise tower at the time this work was painted. 'The Rotten Aubergine' makes several nicely observed points. The Indian housewife, intent on choosing vegetables, oblivious to the meaningful glares of the stall-holder, turns up a rotten aubergine, and, presumably discards it.
acrylic & collage on paper
61 x 91 cm
purchased from the artist, 1989
British Council Collection
Visual Arts, Arts Group 10 Spring Gardens, London, Greater London SW1A 2BN EnglandView venue
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