The Garden (1997)
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.
- title: The Garden
- accession number: GMA 4200 I
- artist: Gillian WearingEnglish (born 1963)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- subject: Parks and gardens Young British Artists (YBA's)
- date created: 1997
- measurements: 60.60 x 88.90 cm (sheet and image)
- credit line: Purchased 1998
- copyright: © GILLIAN WEARING AND THE PARAGON PRESS
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.