Solitary Life

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Alex Hartley
Born West Byfleet, 1963

Solitary Life, 2005
Mixed media and C-type print

Purchased in 2008 from Victoria Miro in 2008
Funded by the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland and the National Fund for Acquisitions
Museum number 2008-78

This is one of a series of large-format photographs that the artist has taken in remote locations around the world. All desolate views, each has a detailed architectural model built in relief on the surface.

'Solitary Life' is both a real and imagined location. The work was based on a trip Hartley took to the Arctic in 2004. At Kinnvika he found the wooden cabins built in 1957 for the Scandinavian and Swiss scientists who worked there. Zero humidity prevented deterioration and ensured that each was preserved exactly as it was left.

Solitary Life
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