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The Dining Room (Mulberry Lodge) (II) by Sarah Jones

The Dining Room (Mulberry Lodge) (II) by Sarah Jones 
Accession Code: wu0886
Title
: The Dining Room (Mulberry Lodge) (II)
Date completed
: 1997
Classification
: Photograph
Medium
: C-Type print
Height
(mm):
1500
Width (mm): 1500
Depth (mm):
Inscription:
Location Name: Millburn House
Location Description: Theatre Studies
Location Floor: 3

 

Jones uses photography to recreate elements of portraiture traditionally associated with those that are painted, symmetry and reflection. In this case the high shine of the table surface reflects the figures and the bowl. The figures are perfectly balanced and provide the viewer with a sense of tension cleverly created by the use of body language: turning away from each other and looking down. The importance of light, colour and composition to Jones’ practice is most apparent. By using complementary colours, orange and blue, both colours appear brighter and spring out at the viewer.

Jones plays with the notion of fact versus fiction. Are these real situations or are they staged? The viewer is forced to enter into an internal conversation not only about the veracity of the situation but also about what will happen next and what went on before the moment was caught on camera.