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This imaginary scene contains an odd collection of items, dominated by the 'red thing' named in the title. Willing wrote that the red thing 'is a tumescent thing. So much a living thing that it bleeds. While painting it I did think of it as a seedling form, but with blood, in a place of stones...Later other associations, phallic, crucifixion, doomed whale, whirling movement came to mind. It comes up out of the earth, it is not resting on it only'.

September 2004