Using a wide range of organic materials such as cut flowers, fruit, chocolate, ice, and salt, Gallaccio’s installations evolve through a process of transformation and decay. Due to their temporary nature, many of Gallaccio’s installations only live on in the memory and through photographic records, many of which were captured by the photographer Edward Woodman.
Early in her career, Woodman created one of the most iconic portraits of Anya Gallaccio with one of best known works, ‘Red on Green’, when it was first shown at the ICA, London in 1992. This work incorporates 10,000 red roses arranged on the floor, and Woodman’s photograph are the primary reference and utilises for its subsequent recreation.
To coincide with ‘Space, Light and Time: Edward Woodman, A Retrospective’, Gallaccio has recreated her extraordinary installation ‘All the rest is silence’, that was originally created for Sadler’s Wells in London in 1999. Indigo dye slowly suffuses 7-metres of chappa silk, suspended in front of the window that overlooks Guildhall Square below. The daylight fixes the indigo dye, echoing the process of analogue photography celebrated throughout Woodman’s exhibition.