Inferno, Canto XIX: The Simoniacs, from the series Illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy
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.
61.0 x 51.8 cm sight; 87.0 x 76.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
© Fiona Hall
Referenced in 3 publications
Anthony Bond and Victoria Lynn, AGNSW Collections, 'Contemporary Practice - Here, There, Everywhere ...', pg. 229-285, Sydney, 1994, 280 (colour illus.).
Victoria Lynn, 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, 21.
Fiona Hall, 'Chaos, knowledge and order', pg.52-99, Annandale, 2005, 85, 87 (colour illus.).