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Sam Taylor-Wood: Bram Stokers Chair (2005)

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

As often seems to happen, I was searching the web looking for something else, when I came across this series of photos by the British artist and photographer Sam Taylor Wood, a name I’m aware of without really knowing very much about I’m afraid (other than her self portrait in the National Gallery where she’s holding a rabbit…)

Anyway, having had a quick look at her biography on the White Cube Gallery site, the phrase that jumped out and that I think describes these pictures pretty well is: “Taylor-Wood’s work examines the split between being and appearance, often placing her human subjects – either singly or in groups – in situations where the line between the interior and external sense of self is in conflict…”

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The name for the series “Bram Stokers Chair” derives apparently from the fact that like Dracula, the chair casts no shadow, and they undoubtably have an eerie, almost supernatural quality. The juxtaposition of the woman (presumably Ms. Taylor Wood herself) her shadow and the precariously balanced chair, all combine to produce an unsettling and strangely alluring sequence of experiences…

I’m sure it’s deliberate that the woman’s face is not visible in any of the images, and I image that this ties in somehow with the artist’s decision to have the photos taken wearing only her vest and pants, playing with ideas of sexuality, vulnerability and jeopardy…

I’m also quite intrigued by the backdrop, leaving the electric plug socket and conduit clearly in shot is a strangely odd choice…

Although these images seem to catch a single moment in time, I imagine that they each involved huge amounts of time to create, with Taylor-Wood being susupended somehow for the original image which then, via the magic of Photoshop, was manipulated to create the appearance of balancing, with only the lightest of touches, on an impossibly angled chair…

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