An image of Paradise, Canto XXX: The river of light

Fiona Hall

(Australia 1953 – )

Paradise, Canto XXX: The river of light, from the series Illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy

Location
Not on display
Further information

This photograph from the late 1980s is from a series of twelve Polaroid photographs relating directly to Dante's 'Divine Comedy'. Each work is a carefully constructed scene illustrating a particular canto. Technically the artist has made the most of the cumbersome 20 x 40 inch Polaroid camera, using it to render exquisite detail and to capture subtle colour. She cuts and moulds aluminium soft-drink cans to form menacing vegetation, human figures, creatures from beyond the grave, on the journey through Hell and Purgatory to Paradise. Hall photographs them amongst found objects set against backgrounds which she has painted.

Year
1988
Media
Photograph
Medium
Polaroid photograph
Dimensions
61.0 x 52.3 cm sight; 87.0 x 76.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1989
Accession number
196.1989
Copyright
© Fiona Hall