Are these paintings or a stage set? Artist Lucy McKenzie presents us with an elegant room, complete with fake marbling, trompe l’oeil radiators and the scuffs and stains of years of inhabitation.

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This imaginary room was inspired by Muriel Spark’s 1963 novella The Girls of Slender Means, and was used as a back-drop for a recent film. McKenzie talks to TateShots about challenging expectations of what a painting can be. Lucy McKenzie’s work is shown in A Bigger Splash, a new exhibiton at Tate Modern that explores the relationship between painting and performance art.