ANNABEL ELGAR

Noon In The Desert

′Noon in the Desert′ is taken from the opening line of William E Stafford′s poem, ′At the Bomb Testing Site′, and is a series of photographs which explores the replica neighbourhoods, constructed at the nuclear weapons test sites in Nevada during the 1950s in order to measure the effects of nuclear detonation.

As a project, it emerged in response to a tourist postcard Elgar came across of the Las Vegas casino, The Pioneer Club, in which a mushroom cloud can be seen looming over the Nevada desert in the distance. The two localities, known as ′Doom Town′ and ′Survival Town′, were designed to reflect a generic image of American post-war suburbia and were populated by a series of costumed mannequins, strategically placed in mock-up homes.

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Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Operation Teapot

Operation Teapot, 2017, 76 x 100 cm C-type photographic print.

Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Study for a dollshouse 02

Study for a dollshouse #2, 2017, 76 x 100cm C-type photographic print.

Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Study for a dollshouse 01

Study for a dollshouse #1, 2017, 76 x 100cm C-type photographic print.

Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Hornet

Hornet, 2017, 40 x 50cm C-type photographic print.

Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Moth

Moth, 2017, 40 x 50cm C-type photographic print.

Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Study for a dollshouse 06

Study for a dollshouse #6, 2017, 76 x 100cm C-type photographic print.

Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Study for a dollshouse 04

Study for a dollshouse #4, 2017, 76 x 100cm C-type photographic print.

Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Study for a dollshouse 03

Study for a dollshouse #3, 2017, 76 x 100cm C-type photographic print.

Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Bee

Bee, 2017, 40 x 50cm C-type photographic print.

Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Study for a dollshouse 05

Study for a dollshouse #5, 2017, 76 x 100cm C-type photographic print.

Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Wasp

Wasp, 2017, 40 x 50cm C-type photographic print.

Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Study for a dollshouse 07

Study for a dollshouse #7, 2018, 40 x 50cm C-type photographic print.

Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Study for a dollshouse 08

Study for a dollshouse #8, 2018, 40 x 50cm C-type photographic print.

Annabel Elgar, Noon in the Desert, Untitled

Untitled, 2018, 29 x 46cm cross-stitch on cotton.