The Monuments of Paris

Laura Larson American

Not on view

Larson made this photograph in the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, flattening the space with her choice of lens to accentuate the riotous clash between a Regency-style settee—beckoning to the viewer like a praying mantis—the wallpapered landscape above, and the patterned marble floor below. The results are like a black comedy, macabre and funny, and stem from the artist’s clever overlay of photography and period rooms’ shared characteristics, each offering an uncannily lifelike recreation of a fragment or detail divorced from its original context.

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