Carroll DunhamEight 2000

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Carroll Dunham (born 1949)
Date 2000
MediumEtching on paper
Dimensionsimage: 335 x 435 mm
Acquisition Presented by Universal Limited Art Editions and the artist in memory of Monique Beudert 2003
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms


This is the eighth in a suite of thirteen images in a portfolio entitled Female Portraits. The portraits depict a blonde-haired female character emerging from the lower margin in a series of thirteen profile positions orientated vertically or horizontally. The character has no eyes or nose; her thick lips protrude dramatically baring grimacing teeth that may be clenched together or open wide in the evocation of a yell. As in his earlier print portfolio Shadows, 1989 (Tate P11882-11891) and in various drawing and painting suites of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dunham has used the structure of a series to show a range of moods or states in a single subject. Although the portraits vary in apparently developmental ways – in some of the images a head suggesting a foetus or infant grows from the character’s flesh either inside or outside its body – there is no recognisable narrative structure to the suite… (read more)

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