Photographer Catherine Yass (born in 1963 in London, UK) is well known for her use of the experimental technique of solarization, a phenomenon where dark areas appear light and lighter areas become dark. By overlaying the film's positives and negatives, she produces surreal and luminous images she later translates and exhibits as lightboxes, prints, and films.
There is a hauntingly psychological quality to Yass' work, due in part to her… Read more
About the artwork
In Stairs 1998, Yass employs her signature technique of overlaying photographic positives and negatives to create this neon color-saturated image of a staircase, where the patches of light glow in blue. The subject matter is typical of the artist who has professed an interest in exploring the psychology of confined spaces. Despite the brightness, the image has a disquieting quality to it due to the vacant, desolate subject matter, reminiscent of all generic, institutional spaces.