Detached, a photograph by Anne Hardy, is December's Featured Work
© Anne Hardy
Brightly lit by harsh overhead strip lighting, the green space in this photograph resembles a shed or workspace crammed full of charts, diagrams, individual letters, stencils and connecting cables. While the room has seemingly been abandoned and the purpose of all the items remains mysterious, this fabricated, empty environment seems to have its own peculiar logic. Like most of the sites that she photographs, Anne Hardy has carefully constructed this interior using material found in DIY shops, skips and jumble sales.
As Hardy commented in 2007: 'I put a lot of specific things into the image, without making specific references, so people can bring different things to it. There is not a single explanation. I wanted to create the feeling that there are unfamiliar systems at work here.'
Other of Hardy's photographic constructions of interior spaces are equally empty and alienating, featuring a range of found objects from Christmas trees and antlers to balloons and butterflies.
Anne Hardy graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Photography in 2000. She has exhibited in the UK and internationally with recent solo exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford (2015–16) The Common Guild, Glasgow (2015), Fig-2, ICA studio, London (2015), Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany (2014), Maureen Paley, London (2013) and Secession Vienna, Austria (2012). In 2014 she undertook a residency at Modern Art Oxford to develop a performance work.