Picturepost 2: Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath

MR 161b Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, oil on board, 355x200, 1990s
MR 161b Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, oil on board, 355×200, 1990s

Michael was very interested in taking a seemingly innocuous photograph, generally clipped out of a newspaper or magazine, and ‘getting right inside’ the image. He thought photos were only useful as a springboard to his own ideas and this proved a very fruitful exercise as you’ll see in future posts. From this happy smiling shot of Sylvia Plath who could guess her mental state? The fractured surface of the work was more of an experimental technique than a comment on her fragility, but it lends real depth to the finished piece. What do you think?