Artist Rone’s largest ever installation set in Burnham Beeches

  • By Julie Ewing

I was fortunate to see the Artist Rone’s largest ever installation set in Burnham Beeches derelict 1930’s residence in Sherbrooke recently.

It was hauntingly beautiful, emotionally evocative, and artistically rich to the senses.

There is so much to be absorbed yet much easily missed. I feel like I need to go back, however, it is sold out.

I hope some of you may have also had, or will have the opportunity to see it. The portraits were magnificent, the lighting in the majestic old home sublime. To say I loved the experience is an understatement.

It was incredible.

I have decided to share some of the images I took and the thoughts I had so that you might also enjoy the experience and ponder.

What struck me was that even though every detail was curated, the dust, the cobwebs, the crockery, books, oyster shells on the dining table, bedside lamps, couches, chairs… you name it, the most obvious and most admired were the portraits of the young woman, the other details though no doubt thoughtfully added were just accessories.

Portraits in every room, that filled the room with purpose, they subconsciously raised feelings of belonging, of love, hope, happiness, sadness, serenity, calmness, beauty and years past. They are just some of the emotions I felt as I wandered around this beautiful old home.

I know others did too, I witnessed those emotions.

These portraits took up an entire wall, people intently admired them and I heard many say, I would love that on my wall.

Downstairs in the Gallery, visitors were purchasing what was left of limited edition prints for $4,400 to take home.

They were purchasing portraits of a young woman they do not know, she has no meaning to them, other than the feelings and emotions they brought to them on the day.

That is powerful.

It had me thinking, as so many new inquiries I have now days ask for digital files. Generally, they are of the impression this should be cheaper, after all, I don’t have to supply photographic paper. I know that most likely they will sit on a USB in a drawer and most likely never be printed.

Why should I care you ask?

The problem is I do, I don’t want them to have “just files”, they still take the same amount of time, skill, years of expertise and equipment investment for me to create, so I want them to feel the full gamut of emotions I felt wandering around a derelict house full of portraits of someone I don’t even know when they enter their home, but for them it will be intensified.

It is their child, their children, their family.

I have photographed and owned Lifeworks Photography for 26 years and over that time created so much beautiful wall art for my clients to enjoy on the walls of their homes. I have been to many of those homes and the feeling those portraits, of their kids and families hanging proudly in many rooms of their homes, gives when you walk in, reminds me of the way I felt seeing this.

It is less and less that families are hanging wall portraits, the trend has diminished to the smallest print possible.

These were big, they were prominent, they were admired.

Thought provoking I hope.

Related Articles