Market Traces

‘Market Traces’ is a simulacrum of a still life painting in the tradition of European painting popular when Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent was first given market rights in 1776.

Jutton has taken onboard the symbolism used in those paintings to create a photograph that use objects such as rotting and fresh fruit and chiaroscuro lighting to speak to the audience about the transient nature of human existence; in this image the fruit also refers to the transient nature of markets and brick-and-mortar businesses. 

The careful placement of each element/object in the ‘stage’ set within a market crate represents and reflects on our obsession with nostalgia and continuity within city centres