Untitled (from the series Lamentations in the Garden)

Veronica Ryan2000/2001

Leeds Museums & Galleries

Leeds Museums & Galleries
United Kingdom

Lamentations in the Garden, is a series in which Veronica Ryan (b.1956) altered a family photograph of herself and her sister standing in the family’s back garden in London. Ryan commented on her use of family photographs: ‘After the death of a second sibling, both due to suicide, I wanted to find a direct way in my work to deal with that particular kind of loss and grief; this was the only way.’ Asked about the significance of the motif of the garden in her work, Ryan said ‘Gardens and plants are places for repose. Visually beautiful, the scent of plants as one of our sensory receptors, provides some pathway to comfort and healing’ (Veronica Ryan, September 2020).


  • Title: Untitled (from the series Lamentations in the Garden)
  • Creator: Veronica Ryan
  • Date Created: 2000/2001
  • Provenance: Purchased with support from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, 2009
  • Subject Keywords: Natural Encounters
  • Type: Natural Encounters
  • Rights: © Veronica Ryan. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
  • Medium: Photocopies of a photograph from a family album, painted with acrylic paint, with bags of pins and braid

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