©2017 BY CLAIRE MACRAE DRYLIE. PROUDLY CREATED WITH WIX.COM

28th September - 15 October 2017

TINNING STREET PRESENTS
5/29 TINNING ST, BRUNSWICK

The work in this exhibition 'Abandoned' is inspired by my interest in photography, and also my fascination with the macabre. I grew up in the Box Brownie era, the photos were tiny, the images grainy and one had to look really closely to get a sense of what was actually going on. My piano teacher subscribed to the 'Illustrated London Times' while waiting for my lesson, I devoured these magazines, for they often contained thrilling grainy images of dead people. Images not found in my mother's favoured magazine, 'The Women's Weekly'. I still remember seeing and trying to make sense of an image of Mussolini and his mistress, hanging upside down from a crude scaffold, surrounded by smiling villagers. A single shoe lying on the ground underneath. And now, many decades later, I photograph and make work about dark, abandoned and unusual people and places. These photographs are then reconstructed to give the works a narrative of their own.