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Tanya Marcuse
Fallen Nº439

2013

About

This item is framed. Framed dimensions are 45 x 55 inches. Tanya Marcuse has always been intrigued by what remains, what is saved, and what is lost, in both nature and culture. In her photographic practice, she becomes a participant in these endeavors of preserving, constructing, organizing, and documenting. In her series Fallen, Marcuse began moving her view camera to its highest point, climbing onto a stool to examine the fallen fruit from above. All at once a landscape became a still life. Marcuse turned to color, finding that the lushness of decomposition required it. The photographs became more fictional. “I began obsessively collecting apples, searching the trees and the ground under them for fruit in the most striking stage of decay. I discovered that I could preserve this moment by freezing the fruit, which became the main elements of the tableaux of an abandoned, untended Eden.” The world Marcuse creates in these photographs seem perched between the natural and fantastical, the plausible and implausible, between the painterly and the photographic. Marcuse says, “I think of the delicate fly in a Crivelli painting, a tiny symbol of evil touching down on the wall beside the blissful Virgin and Child, oversized fruits dangling above their heads, the Christ child stroking a small goldfinch. I want to use this iconography to excess, mixing allegory and abstraction. I think of Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights and want to integrate the three separate panels of damnation, paradise, and earthly pleasure into one plane.”

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 37.75 in. x W 48 in.

    H 95.89 cm x W 121.92 cm

  • Gallery location
    New York, NY
  • Reference number
    LU85132787391

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