The Interrogator's Garden
2000, Pastel on paper, mounted on aluminium
120 x 110 cm
Originally commissioned by the Foundation For Victims of Torture, Paula Rego’s The Interrogator’s Garden offers untold complexities. Here the soldier sits as a camp figure of lust, surrounded by the tools of his horrible trade, each one as mysterious as the symbols in the Arnofini Wedding. Paula Rego presents a softer side to her interrogator. She draws him as a romantic monster, an object of ridicule ? a symbol of decadence, weakness, and folly.