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Scenes from still life – the culture of the table
March 4, 2010 - April 12, 2010
The photographic images in this exhibition were inspired by sixteenth and seventeenth-century Dutch (and Spanish) still life paintings. Seemingly ordinary paintings of fruit, vegetables and ‘breakfast’ meals depicted in, often, quite extraordinary and surreal settings.
These photographs involve no camera or film, but were made using real fruit and vegetables as well as cutlery, crockery and kitchen implements.
The blue photographs are cyanotypes on watercolour paper. That is, the photographic image has been created by a light sensitive, iron based mixture which is ‘painted’ onto paper, dried and exposed to sunlight. These photographic images are photograms. The image created is from the underside of the objects placed on the light-sensitive paper. Many of these images have been coated and exposed more than once to build up a dense, layered image.