Marshall is best known for her video works. They often take her two sons, Raphael and Jacob as their subjects, and through structurally simple looped mini-movies explore in a complex and sophisticated way our preconceptions about childhood and the way in which looking through the eyes of a child can give us a particularly powerful perspective on our adult world.
Lollipop (In 200 days I will be 11) is a close up view of Raphaelâ€™s face shown as a large format projection in cinematic wide-screen format. The work combines a filmic atmosphere with a strictly non-narrative structure. In a six and a half second loop the camera pans up and down the boyâ€™s face, always frustrating the viewerâ€™s desire to see the whole. The music, a Damon Albarn track, and the lollipop stick in the boyâ€™s mouth, both bring to mind the seminal 1966 Spaghetti Western, featuring Clint Eastwood The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. This work also makes reference to Marshallâ€™s most widely known work, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Cooker, in which her son apparently blows smoke rings from a cigarette he appears to be smoking.
Alongside the video Marshall will show a new body of photographic portraits of her son, which draw on the formulaic language of the cowboy genre. They are at once images of being and imagining, of a boyâ€™s dreams of becoming an adult, and of the parallel isolation of his fantasy world and the romantic imagination of Western films.
Like much of Marshallâ€™s work, this body of video and photographs exploit a tension. Here it is the opposition of innocence and experience, poetically contained within a single image.