In sculptures such as Man with Holes, Deepa Laxmi, Man Carrying Hole, 0+0=0-0, Deepa Sundari, Enlightenment Machine and Blessing, shown in the Seoul Arario and Nature Morte, Delhi, in 2010, Tallur employs the human figure as a site of familiarity so as to comment on its willful negation.
All schools of spirituality view the body as a prison and escape from it as the ultimate goal. Tallur harnesses the processes of sculpting (grinding, carving, casting, modeling, nailing, coating) to illustrate the mortification of the flesh, the transubstantiation of energy.
There is an inherent violence - decapitation, suffocation, crucifixion and suicide - implied in many of the works, the better to make us aware of to their finale abandonment. Through these partially destroyed figures Tallur transposes ancient forms into a contemporary context while acknowledging the long history of the destruction of art (usually by religious zealots or the mentally disturbed) that is a parallel art history of its own.