Amie Siegel

Bloodlines

About this artwork

This expansive film installation explores ideas of class and labour, and the relationship between private and public realms. Siegel follows paintings by George Stubbs (1724-1806) from their homes in aristocratic country estates across the UK, to a Stubbs exhibition in a public gallery, and their subsequent return to their home locations. Offering insights into the world of cultural heritage, the work reveals structures of historic and inherited wealth and ownership which continue to shape British society. Siegel uses intimate camerawork, carefully composed tracking shots and deft, associative editing to reveal networks of meaning with poetic restraint. The artist has noted, ‘My works are not structured to state a “position” vis-à-vis the work’s subject, but to juxtapose images and materials – thus asking the viewer to reconcile, in her own mind, the contradictory social conditions of our time.’

Published January 2022

  • artist:
    Amie SiegelAmerican (born 1974)
  • title:
    Bloodlines
  • date created:
    2022
  • materials:
    4K colour video, sound
  • measurements:
    82 mins
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    National Galleries of Scotland. Commissioned and acquired with the support of Art Fund and Contemporary Art Society, with additional production support from Princess Grace Foundation, New York and PALOMAR, 2022
  • accession number:
    GMA 5754
  • gallery:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Isobel Lutz-Smith
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Amie Siegel

Amie Siegel