Alison Rector’s painting Green Kitchen (2002) depicts a seemingly ordinary domestic interior: a ﬂight of stairs ascends to the right, and a foyer, furnished simply with a wooden table and chairs, leads to a kitchen and, further still, to a broom closet. The old-fashioned wood-burning stove, muted and patterned wallpaper, antiqued furniture, brass sconce, and wide-planked hardwood ﬂoor characterize this home as possibly from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century, but the lack of ﬁgures and personal effects makes the deﬁnitive time of occupancy ambiguous. Rector’s unoccupied interiors, however, do not appear abandoned. Even in the quietest of her closed spaces, the viewer perceives a presence, perhaps of the non-depicted occupant. [excerpt]
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Egan, Shannon. (Fall 2008) Embodiment and Emptiness: Alison Rector’s Interior Spaces. The Gettysburg Review 21(3): 414-416.
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