Grave: Robertus Blair
© The Artist, Courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery, London

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Grave: Robertus Blair 1997
This light-box is from the series of five works called ‘Grave’ which continued Yass’s exploration of cultural and historical environments. ‘Grave’ was commissioned by the Portfolio Gallery in Edinburgh and was first exhibited at their gallery overlooking Greyfriars Churchyard, where the photographs were taken. By combining negative and positive images, Yass highlights the constructed nature of photography. In the colour negative images she uses, bright light is transformed into a vivid blue. This gives a spiritual dimension to her images, which is particularly appropriate for the ‘Grave’ series. Yass disturbs the relationship between light and dark, contrasting the skeletal, white trees against a vividly-coloured and surreal sky.

Glossary Open


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


Specifically a transparent material on which the tones and colours of a photograph are in reverse, from which a print is made. The term 'negative space' refers to the area around an object.

Commission, Negative


  • Acc. No. GMA 4196
  • Medium Photographic transparency and light box
  • Size 89.00 x 72.50 x 12.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1998