Rebecca Shanahan - Near Breath
Exhibition: 7 September to 8 October, 2005
In Rebecca Shanahan's near breath, the images exhibit a quiet tension between interior and exterior, foreground and background, lightness and darkness. The series describes people and spaces with a sensibility that merges the cinematic with the documentary.
The images in near breath are taken at night and feature the many hues of artificial light. The relationships between figures and their surroundings are unexplained; narrative remains only a possibility. What are we to make of a man standing in front of an open luminous door, an empty workplace animated only by the glow of a few computer screens and a window shining brightly in a dark suburban home? Light acts as a metaphor for life. In the broad sweep of a suburban nightscape we can see hundreds of lights and lives being suggested.