About this artwork
Vermandel is interested in exploring traditional genres of art including still life, of which this work is a perfect example. It is part of a series called ‘Splinter’, which is concerned with capturing aspects of everyday life. This work, which subtly references Dutch and Flemish traditions of still life painting, shows a vase of flowers on a table behind a white box. The juxtaposition of the natural beauty and colour of the flowers against the crisp, clean package, which conceals its contents, is intriguing. In utilising a long-focus lens and the smallest aperture possible to create a greater depth of field, the flowers become part of the background and the box comes to the fore.
- title: Flowers, Stroud Green Living Room
- accession number: PGP 780.7
- artist: Eva VermandelBelgian (born 1974)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- materials: Inkjet on Photorag
- date created: April 2010
- measurements: 36.90 x 29.90 cm
- credit line: Acquired 2013
- copyright: © Eva Vermandel
Born in Belgium, Vermandel studied graphic design at the Royal College of Art, Ghent. In 1996 she moved to London and began to receive commissions from magazines ‘The Wire’ and ‘Time Out’. As her success grew her work has become more widely published, featuring regularly in the likes of the ‘Telegraph’ and ‘Independent’ magazine supplements and the ‘New York Times Magazine’. Vermandel’s work is characterised by a stillness – her portraits capture the sitters in a moment suspended in time.