Sarah Giles


the space where something was

Penguin book

Oil on panel, 15cm wide x 22cm tall.

A picture of a Penguin 'classics' book, on another book, on a chair, in a bedroom.

The Penguin book is quite thin and has the traditional orange, white, orange banded cover. The spine, front cover and bottom edge are visible us, the bottom edge is to the right. Beneath the book is another large book. It faces the other way (spine away from us). It has a blue cover and is slightly thicker than the Penguin book.

The books are on a wooden framed chair. The chair has a thin, square seat. The back rest is rectangular with three vertical slats grouped in the middle. The legs are square with bars joining the front and back legs on each side. A bar joins these two giving a traditional construction.

The chair is centre frame. Beside it, to the left, is a bed. The seat of the chair is at the same height as the top of the bed base. Both the bed base and the mattress are a very pale blue. The corned o the plain white duvet can be seen, hanging off the bed slightly. At the top of the bed is a single pillow, dressing in white with an embroidered edge. Whilst we can only see a small amount of the bed it looks as though it has not been made since it was slept in. The bed has no beadstead.

Behind the head of the bed and the chair is a mushroom brown wall with white skirting. The floor is a mid brown. The scene is lit from above; only the chair seat casts a strng shadow, directly beneath the chair.

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