About this artwork
This work belongs to Vermandel’s series of photographs entitled ‘Splinter’. The series is concerned with capturing aspects of everyday life, encouraging the viewer to take notice of what they might have normally overlooked. She utilises a long-focus lens and the smallest aperture possible, which together give the illusion that she is closer to the subject that she really is. This is true of this work where it appears that the photographer is almost leaning over the unassuming animal. The deer’s alert ears reveal its cautiousness of surrounding noises, yet it remains curled on the grass. The muted colours and tonal range flattens the image and encourages a consideration of the surface, with the intricacies of the grass on an equal footing to that of the animal’s fur.
- title: Deer, Isle of Arran
- accession number: PGP 780.3
- artist: Eva VermandelBelgian (born 1974)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- materials: Inkjet on Photorag
- date created: June 2009
- measurements: 29.80 x 36.80 cm
- credit line: Acquired 2013
- copyright: © Eva Vermandel
Born in Belgium, Vermandel studied graphic design at the Royal College of Art, Ghent. In 1996 she moved to London and began to receive commissions from magazines ‘The Wire’ and ‘Time Out’. As her success grew her work has become more widely published, featuring regularly in the likes of the ‘Telegraph’ and ‘Independent’ magazine supplements and the ‘New York Times Magazine’. Vermandel’s work is characterised by a stillness – her portraits capture the sitters in a moment suspended in time.