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absence, curtain, landscape, mystery, obscure, photograph, square, stones, yellow

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Yellow Curtain

ArtistLayla Rudneva-Mackay
Production Date2008
MediumC-type photograph
Size1145 x 1145 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Accession Date22 May 2008
Accession NoC2008/1/8/2
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2008


At first glance, Layla Rudneva-Mackay’s photographs seem explicit – stones and velvet – but their hidden information exercises your curiosity. The fabric hides a body just visible around its edges. This almost-concealed body is sandwiched between the velvet curtain and gravel hills by the narrow depth of field of the camera’s lens. The artist says her photographs construct incidents, catching moments between bodies and landscapes. This sense of theatre works on an intimate scale connecting the viewer and an absent subject. The latent drama is rendered static through the photographic process, creating a minimal yet vivid outcome.