In the Presence of Angels

Anne Noble, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Tyburn, London, England in 1988.
About the Work
From the series of 56 photographs"In the presence of Angels- Photographs of Contemporary life" ."Two primary raw materials of photography, time and light, also happen to be two concepts central to the monastic life. Anne Noble's series captures the reality inhabited by the Benedictine nuns of Tyburn Convent, near the centre of London, and also illuminates the photo-artist's own practice. Nobles exposures reflect the nuns' preoccupation with transcending the materiality and temporality of existence. In a catalogue essay, to the 1989 Sarjeant Gallery touring exhibition, Mother M. Xavier McMonagle describes her monastic vocation as a "spiritual dance between time and eternity". Photography is, in its own way, also a dance or transaction between time and timelessness. Its objective, like the liturgical life, can be "to sanctify time and all human activity".
Gregory O'Brien, 1989
This record represents a series and has related works.
Media
Silver toned gelatin photograph
Description
Series of 56 photographs "In the presence of Angels- Photographs of Contemporary life" "Two primary raw materials of photography, time and light, also happen to be two concepts central to the monastic life. Anne Noble's exhibition, In the presence of angels, which has been touring New Zealand for the last two years, captures the reality inhabited by the Benedictine nuns of Tyburn Convent, near the centre of London, and also illuminates the photo-artist's own practice. Nobles exposures reflect the nun's preoccupation with transcending the materiality and temporality of existence. In a catalogue essay to the show, Mother M. Xavier McMonagle describes her monastic vocation as a "spiritual dance between time and eternity"*. Photography is, in its own way, also a dance or transaction between time and timelessness. Its objective, like the liturgical life, can be "to sanctify time and all human activity"**" by Gregory O'Brien. Article ' Silent Films', in 'Illusions'. pg 36. See Loan file.
*In the presence of Angels, Exhibition catalogue, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, 1989, pp7-10.
**Ibid
Credit Line
On long term loan to the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, by E. Clark, for the R.J. Clark Memorial Art Collection, 1991.
Collection Type
Loans
Acquisition Date
1991

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L1991/23/1-56

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