"The presence of the garden is felt in every room in the house at 87 Hackford Road, becoming more like another room, an interior space beyond. I photographed the house when lockdown was easing, initially meeting in the garden to maintain social distancing. Gradually emerging from our homes to meet outside, we have all become ‘figures in gardens’ during this very unusual summer.
The phrase itself derives from one of Van Gogh’s letters to his brother Theo in relation to Japanese painting (Van Gogh Letter 545) but reminds me intensely of English literature and many of my favourite novels. I think of figures in gardens being watched by figures at windows and the narratives that can unravel between these two seemingly opposing perspectives on the world before them." - Isabelle Young
'Figures in gardens' is one of a series of images by photographer Isabelle Young capturing Van Gogh House in June 2020, just as Britain began to emerge from lockdown.
About the Artist:
Perspective and narrative positioned within the confinement of architecture are central to Isabelle Young’s work. Windows do not lead straight onto life but divide space to create a continuous sense of ambiguity. Young’s own autobiography as a third-generation Italian, born in London, also shapes her particular way of seeing and is therefore the framework to her practice. All her work is shot on film and she is continually drawn to analogue photography due to its privacy.
26 x 17.2 cm (not including frame or mount)
Signed edition of 7 (Plus 2 APs)