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  • Gillian Wearing
The Garden
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The Garden 1997

Not on display

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.

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A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.


A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Portfolio, Screenprint


  • Acc. No. GMA 4200 I
  • Medium Screenprint: 9 screens, plus varnish
  • Size 60.60 x 88.90 cm (sheet and image)
  • Credit Purchased 1998