Diorama: Ceramic Staircase at the V&A

Diorama: Ceramic Staircase at the V&A

The last four works were all inspired by the nineteenth century interest in creating illusionistic ‘other worlds’, by such means as dioramas and toy Pollock theatres. This combined with this artists’s desire to disturb apparently stable framing devices which tell us where and how to look. Here the grand Ceramic Staircase, an imposing and authoritative feature at the V&A, is disrupted by a (hugely enlarged) embroidered flower on a textile currently shown in the V&A’s South Asian collection in the Nehru Gallery.