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