Gillian Wearing OBETheresa and Seamus 1998

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Gillian Wearing OBE (born 1963)
Theresa and Seamus
Date 1998
Medium2 photographs, colour, Chromogenic print, on paper
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 510 x 510 mm unconfirmed: 510 x 510 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Gytha Trust 2000
Not on display


Gillian Wearing's work often involves collaboration with members of the public. In 1997 she became interested in working with street drinkers: 'I was interested in capturing the elements of psychological behaviour of the uninhibited… Alcohol is an obvious tool in freeing inhibition. It takes away a lot of rational thought leaving us much more physical and emotional. I was drawn to the idea of emotional swings with a cyclical pattern to them.' (Wearing 2000, unpaginated)

Wearing introduced herself to a group of drinkers whom she saw regularly near her home in South London. She explained that she was an artist and, after spending a period of time building up a relationship of trust, she began to photograph them. Wearing soon began to focus on one young woman called Lindsey with whom she established a close bond… (read more)

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