Joan and Alfred Russell lived in Room 1019 of the Hotel Chelsea for 30 years, from 1978 until their deaths in 2007 and 2008. Peter Feld, the couple’s nephew, invited Gillian to document their apartment on December 31, 2008, two weeks after Joan Russell’s death.
The black & white and color photographs were taken with a Hasselblad 555 ELD.
This book is essentially a catalog to Gillian's part in the show, The Possibility of a Painting, held in the Hotel Chelsea, Room 1019, March 4th to May 27th, 2010.
Born in the UK and raised in the Bay Area, Gillian attended Princeton University, where she majored in architecture and studied black & white and color photography. She recently moved back to the West Coast after six years in New York City. Predominantly photographing interiors and landscapes, she has an interest towards documenting the quiet mystery of everyday spaces, particularly those that are untouched or preserved in some way. Some of her subjects have included a Hotel Chelsea apartment, a tennis club on Martha’s Vineyard, and the Oregon coast. She also draws and makes collage in her spare time.