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This is one of a series of five photographs which Taylor-Wood made in 1998. In each she juxtaposes a large-scale photograph, featuring a central character, with an elongated scene set below. This presentation echoes the format of many Renaissance altarpieces, which consisted of a main panel and a predella panel underneath, in which scenes from the life of the central saint were played out. Taylor-Wood conceived the series as portraits of inner states of mind, the lower panels representing dream sequences or fantasies. She makes this connection manifest by introducing digitally a feature from the upper image into the one below.

September 2004