Sunday, September 03, 2006

Anna Gaskell

untitled #35 (hide), 1998

untitled #60 (by proxy), 1999

untitled #25 (override), 1997

Anna Gaskell crafts foreboding photographic tableaux of preadolescent girls that reference children's games, literature, and psychology. She is interested in isolating dramatic moments from larger plots such as Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, visible in two series: wonder (1996–97) and override (1997). In Gaskell's style of “narrative photography,” of which Cindy Sherman is a pioneer, the image is carefully planned and staged; the scene presented is “artificial” in that it exists only to be photographed. While this may be similar to the process of filmmaking, there is an important difference. Gaskell's photographs are not tied together by a linear thread; it is as though their events all take place simultaneously, in an ever-present. Each image's “before” and “after” are lost, allowing possible interpretations to multiply.

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