Summer ReRuns: Gillian Wearing

I ran these amazing self portraits several years ago and they are worth revisiting….

These self-portraits (yes, that’s her in every image) are from a body of work titled, Album. “Based on photos of family members when they were younger and filled with the hope and optimism of youth, the portraits seek to examine the psychological imprint that one’s family impacts upon an individual. We are all a composite of that imprint and Wearing explores in her ‘self portraits’ a depiction of this influence. Using locations, props and prosthetic devices Wearing seeks to adopt the identity of each family member, and her younger self, using the mask as a source of exploration and inspiration.”

She has a number of other intriguing series and I look forward to seeing this work in person at some point.



Arbus



Self Portrait at 4



Father



Mother



Uncle



Self Portait as a teenager



Brother