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6. Madeleine Thornton-Smith, 'The Blue H
3. Madeleine Thornton-Smith, ‘Shrine’.jp


as part of group exhibition Volume II; We went down into the silent garden

Quivering in Quarantine (online gallery)

Madeleine Thornton-Smith


The frame acts as a device for separating, ordering and territorialising the world. The inside of the frame, rather than showing us a representation, provides the viewer a mediated, fragmented view of reality.

Kant argues that a golden picture-frame only exists ‘so as to recommend the painting by its charm’: it is merely supplementary (Platt & Squire, 1987, p. 40). A hierarchy of support and work is thus developed: the frame is an ‘accessory’ to the true ‘art’. Yet Derrida argues the frame exists beyond its status as a boundary – it can also be a space of experimentation and opportunity.

Collage creates further rupture, a place for unreal spaces. Ceramic frames inspired by Peruvian marcos are portals through to the recent past. Lockets to carry memories of simpler times. 

Images by Madeleine Thornton-Smith

5. Madeleine Thornton-Smith, ‘Amazonas’.
10. Madeleine Thornton-Smith, 'Mercado'.
1. Madeleine Thornton-Smith, 'Barranco P
2. Madeleine Thornton-Smith.jpg
Cactus garden - swirly frame.jpg
Me looking through window through frame
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