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Photo of the Week: Jane Burton

Photo of the Week - 09.01.15
By Lola Pinder

 

Burton's landscapes portray an emotional and psychological condition, imbued with a sense of the romantic and the gothic. 

The unseen and the unknown looms in this work as nature unsettlingly creeps up on the innocence of the figures in white dresses. It is as if these figures are ghosts in the landscape, haunting and unsure. The broken umbrella and the figures’ angular limbs transform the girls into Kafkaesque insect-like creatures.

The feeling of foreboding in the work I thought apt in how the world has begun for 2015. Burton’s work nods to the history of the photographic form, referencing daguerreotypes and Victorian family portraits in her style. 

Jane Burton is represented by Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

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Image: © Jane Burton, Ivy No. 3, 2009, from the series 'Ivy’, pigment print, 75.0 x 75.0cm. Source: http://kwgallery.com/artists/jane-burton