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Print - Strange Chambers - Attic
  • Strange Chambers - Attic
    MacCallum, Marlene, born 1959
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Strange Chambers - Attic

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Canada (printed)

  • Date:

    2001 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    MacCallum, Marlene, born 1959 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photogravure on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 966

This print comes from a series entitled 'Strange Chambers'. The works share an eerie, spectral quality, depicting shadowy spaces occupied by a strange combination of old children's toys and plants. There is an air of menace to all the works: a lily dwarfs the miniature rooms of a doll's house; an aggressive flowering plant looms over a staircase; a toy skeleton stands in the shadows with its back to the wall and an abandoned children's bedroom is shown in a state of chaotic disrepair.

The technique of photogravure, employed in this print, is often used to create atmospheric images. Using a photographic negative and light-sensitised gelatine, an image is transferred to a printing plate to be etched and then inked and printed in the usual way.

Physical description

Depicts light streaming into a derelict room in the attic of a house. The attic must once have been a child's bedroom; children's wallpaper peels from the walls, a bunkbed stands to the right, and old Christmas decorations and other assorted debris are stacked on the left.

Place of Origin

Canada (printed)


2001 (printed)


MacCallum, Marlene, born 1959 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Photogravure on paper

Marks and inscriptions

3/10 Strange Chambers: Attic M Maccallum
Numbered, inscribed with title and signed and dated, all in pencil, below the image, and again on the back of the sheet


Height: 43.5 cm sheet, Width: 41.6 cm sheet, Height: 24.2 cm printed surface, Width: 25.1 cm printed surface

Object history note

Marlene MacCallum first exhibited this work in her solo exhibition of the same name (Strange Chambers), in 2001 at Engramme Galerie, Québec. The exhibition comprised seventeen photogravure prints and five books executed between 1995 - 2001.

MacCallum specialises in the technique of photogravure and has co-authored a book on this subject with David Morrish, Copper Plate Photogravure: Demystifying the Process.

Descriptive line

Marlene Maccallum: Strange Chambers: Attic. Photogravure. 2001


Paper; Printing ink



Subjects depicted

Childhood; Wall-papers; Bedrooms; Christmas decorations



Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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