Research Point – Charley Murrell and Hannah Starkey

Charley Murrell’s “Constructed Childhoods” http://charleymurrell.com/?page_id=5

I first came across this work in Maria Short’s Context and Narrative. It is very imaginative, using digital construction to show a child’s dreams or perceptions within the same frame. Again, I had come across the work of Hannah Starkey before at a Study Day when we discussed the work of women photographers. http://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/hannah_starkey.htm 

Although her images do not appear to be constructed in the way of Murrell’s, they are carefully staged and composed to be interpreted and a narrative discovered. They have the intensity of a movie set, a frame in which a story is being played out but at the same time, the choice of location hints at a particular cultural, class or gender  identity. 

The end result is “real” in the sense that the artist has interpreted and presented a narrative to illustrate real life situations. In my own practice I am considering using a constructed narrative and staging a story for  Assignment 3.

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