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An image of Purgatory, Canto XX: The avaricious by Fiona Hall

Fiona Hall

(Australia 1953 – )

Title
Purgatory, Canto XX: The avaricious, from the series Illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy
Year
1988
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
Polaroid photograph
Dimensions

52.8 x 61.0 cm sight; 79.0 x 84.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1989
Accession number
192.1989
Copyright
© Fiona Hall
Location
Not on display
Further information

This photograph from the late 1980s is from a series of twelve Polaroid photographs relating directly to Dante's 'Divine Comedy'. Each work is a carefully constructed scene illustrating a particular canto. Technically the artist has made the most of the cumbersome 20 x 40 inch Polaroid camera, using it to render exquisite detail and to capture subtle colour. She cuts and moulds aluminium soft-drink cans to form menacing vegetation, human figures, creatures from beyond the grave, on the journey through Hell and Purgatory to Paradise. Hall photographs them amongst found objects set against backgrounds which she has painted.

Bibliography (1)

Deborah Edwards, Daphne Wallace, Margo Neale, Victoria Lynn and Sandra Byron, Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Women Artists in the Contemporary Collection, Sydney, 1995, 15, 17, 21, 17 (illus).

Exhibition history (4)

Selected recent acquisitions, 1989, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Sep 1989–17 Dec 1989

Contemporary Colour Photographs from the Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 1991–22 Sep 1991

Photographs from the Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Mar 1993–09 May 1993

Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995