Bronte inspired Sam Taylor-Wood to exhibit in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 15:29 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:07 20 February 2013

The trees in Ghosts II by Sam Taylor-Wood reflect the desperate loneliness of Cathy and Heathcliff (courtesy of White Cube)

The trees in Ghosts II by Sam Taylor-Wood reflect the desperate loneliness of Cathy and Heathcliff (courtesy of White Cube)

Jo Haywood reports on a haunting new exhibition in Haworth by one of Britain's most famous artists

She has filmed a silently languid David Beckham and a rapidly decaying bowl of fruit, but now renowned film and photographic artist Sam Taylor-Wood has turned her lens on the Brontes.

Ghosts, a series of images she shot on the moors near Top Withens, the inspiration for Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, is on show at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth until November 2nd.

The landscape she captures is bleak and unremitting, echoing the novel's brutal portrayal of heightened passion and suffering. In Ghosts II, for instance, it's difficult to look at the duo of leafless trees twisting towards each other and not think of the doomed characters of Cathy and Heathcliff.


'Exhibiting this powerful work by such a prominent artist is very exciting,'

said Jenna Holmes, arts officer at the museum.'As well as showcasing the ways in which the Brontes continue to influence contemporary culture, Ghosts is also an important addition to the strong legacy of landscape photography in the area.

'We hope that by exhibiting Ghosts in the place that inspired it, new layers and connections will be drawn between the work and the parsonage, as well as offering a unique opportunity to see important contemporary art in an unusual setting.'

Sam Taylor-Wood, who was born in London in 1967, was a leading light in the Young British Artists alongside Damien Hirst and has had numerous solo exhibitions around the world, from the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington to the Baltic in Gateshead.

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