Gillian Wearing OBE

Self Portrait as My Sister Jane Wearing

2003

Artist
Gillian Wearing OBE born 1963
Medium
Photograph, digital C-print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 1307 x 1052 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tate Members 2014
Reference
P81099

Not on display

Online caption

Wearing’s photographs explore how public and private identities of ordinary people are self-fashioned and documented. In her portraits and self-portraits she blurs the line between reality and fiction. For her series Album 2003, Wearing reconstructed old family snapshots using silicone masks fabricated with the help of experts from Madame Tussauds. By putting a version of someone else’s face on hers she is metaphorically ‘seizing’ their identity. Here Wearing wears a dress her sister wore in the 1980s. The only bits of Wearing that can be seen are her eyes and teeth.

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