To see all of Gillian Wearing's Album, visit http://www.albrightknox.org/acquistions/acq-2004/wearing.html
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Yvette Coronado submits Gillian Wearing
Gillian Wearing's photo seen here is entitled, "Self Portrait at 17 Years Old, "and was taken in 2003, when the artist was forty years old. This photo belongs to Wearing's series entitled Album, in which the artist re-created old family photographs in a large scale format. Through the use of makeup , costume, and masks Wearing portrays her mother, father, sister, brother, uncle and her younger self. I find Wearing's re-invention of portraiture photography to be brilliant.I enjoy the idea of taking something so intimate as a family album and turning it around to create characters and stories that can be accessible to everyone. I also fancy the element of disguise and it's use to explore issues of identity. Wearing is a British artist who was also part of the YBAs and won the Turner Prize in 1997.