"Ranner’s impenetrable interior models radiate an oppressive aura of alienation and isolation, which she heightens by erecting them as free-standing constructions. Consequently, visitors can only view the interiors from the outside – as if they were looking at paintings. The spaces are reminiscent of sets where a scene has just been played out, or is about to begin. This makes for a theatrical feel. But because the interiors are completely devoid of distinguishing personal features, they are also utterly anonymous – much as most hotel rooms are. Through her installations, Ranner exposes a typically modern void: the loneliness resulting from detachment."
Lucinda Devlin - The Omega Suites (1991-98)
“In 1991, Lucinda Devlin began photographing penitentiaries across the United States with the permission and cooperation of local authorities. She entitled the resulting series, completed in 1998, The Omega Suites, — alluding to the final letter of the Greek alphabet as a metaphor for the finality of execution.
Working with a Hasselblad camera and long exposures in existing light, Devlin captured striking images of the architectural spaces in penitentiaries. Viewers are often drawn to her compositions and then repelled by the reality of the subject. The carefully composed and clinically sterile images are as objective as our preconceptions allow.”