Charged Atmosphere

1987

Marchant, Alison
This photograph is from a series in which the artist presents a selection of found photographs thrown away from the National Monuments Record and dating back to the 1970s. They depict the interiors of dilapidated stately homes and, in their life-size blown-up state create the impression of having walked into a ghost story. The aged, mottled surface of the photograph echoes the walls and ceilings of the rooms and the faded black and white reflects the dilapidated interior design. The fireplace is stacked with thin pieces of wood as though someone has hurriedly stocked up for a winter of never ending fires, yet there is no warmth here, only remnants of the room’s former glory. Neglected, the wall coverings have peeled and crumbled and the dark doorway suggests no-one will return. The floor seems to be falling in on itself, giving the impression that if they did they may not survive. Alice Lobb
  • Artwork Details: 212 x 302cm
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  • Material description: photograph on canvas
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Interior
  • Medium: Photography
  • Accession number: ACC18/1993

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