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Title

The house of parmesan


Artist

Marie Shannon

New Zealand

1960 -


About

Marie Shannon's work considers her surroundings, in particular her domestic environment. In placing an emphasis on the ordinary and the everyday her work subtly disrupts the tenants of modernism. In 2001, for instance, she made photographs of watercolours she had painted of Donald Judd's furniture at Marfa. The austere and nominal look of his domestic environment transformed into soft wavering lines and gentle shadows. In 'The house of parmesan' Shannon adopts a similar strategy. Here, the monumental forms and perspective often associated with modernist photography is alluded to in the composition and framing of the object, however this is conceptually undermined by the title which reveals that the image depicts a block of cheese - fragile, porous and produced for consumption.


Details


Date

1991


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

17.5 x 22.5 cm image; 50.7 x 55.2 x 2.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated c. verso, pencil ".../ MARIE SHANNON/ 1991".


Credit

Gift of Peter Fay 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

41.2006


Artist information

Marie Shannon

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history