About this artwork

This work originates in a photograph taken at the time of the making of a video, also called ‘The Garden’, in 1993. The artist had invited a transvestite whom she knew well, a prostitute whom she knew vaguely, and an escort, whom she had never met, to choose a slogan shirt and perform in the video. Wearing herself is depicted in the print, second left. The unscripted film shows the women mucking about and getting tipsy on wine. The T-shirts, like uniforms, both declare and mask the nature of the character. This work is from a portfolio of prints by eleven different London-based artists, called ‘Screen’. The title is taken from the screenprint technique but also refers to the fact that most of the artists had worked with film or photography.

Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing was born in Birmingham. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and Design and Goldsmiths College, London. In 1992 the artist began a series of works in which she approached people in the street, gave them a sheet of paper, asked them to write something on it, and then photographed the individuals holding the message. The photographs probed the gap between a person’s appearance and what they might be thinking, and also what we might think of them. Wearing has made a number of videos based on the theme of confession, taking inspiration from fly-on-the-wall documentaries. In 1997 she won the Turner Prize.