Interior Space


Charles Baudelaire rubbished the potential of the interior, and particularly the domestic interior, as a site for great art.  He urged instead that the artist become a ‘flaneur’ - out and about and away from home, painting ‘important’ subjects.

This sentiment influenced the work not only of the Impressionists but later the Abstract Expressionists in America. I was surprised therefore to find that he contradicted himself in an essay in 1894:

....What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what goes on behind a window pane. In that black or luminous square life lives, life dreams, life suffers.

I identify with these less typical reflections of Baudelaire. My interest in the interior has stayed with me since my earliest days of being raised in an old and roomy and somewhat run-down house. I have visited hundreds of interiors – each one presenting its own diverse notions of home – over several years. I feel attuned to the timbre of existence as experienced within four walls, the atmospherics of interior space.



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Judy Carroll Deeley 2016