Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gillian Wearing Self Portrait

This is a C-print that was done in 2000 and it is a very large portrait. Just like the last Gillian Wearing portrait that we looked at this is a more recent image of her again wearing a mask. It is interesting that the mask she is wearing shows a plain and indifferent expression. You are unsure if she is happy or sad because the mask covers any knowledge of that. This technique makes you think about what is actually behind the person. Some people will smile constantly but be very upset underneath that smile. Gillian Wearings creation makes you look at human facial expression with question. I enjoy this paining because of the plainness that it obviously shows but the questions that it discreetly asks.

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