Barbara not Sylvia

I’m so happy to share new dots with you all!

This is my new piece of work, ‘Barbara’, which was originally called ‘Sylvia’. Why? For almost the whole time I was working on it, I thought that this was a picture of Sylvia Plath. It turns out that I wasn’t the only one, and that actually the photograph has been credited incorrectly hundreds of times, including once by HarperCollins! After doing some research, it turns out that the woman is actually a French actress called Barbara Laage, photographed by Nina Leen in 1946.

Nina Leen documented Barbara performing her usual daily tasks – reading scripts, polishing her shoes, practicing lines and so on. The photographs provide an insight into the life of an up-and-coming actress in the late 40s.

I chose the colour palette to emphasise a feeling of calm and solitude that I get from the whole series of photographs. It was such a lovely piece to make, and consists of 4900 paper dots!

Barbara [2015]

I hope you all like it! If you are interested in buying this piece, you can find details here.

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