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Gillian Wearing

Sleeping Mask, 2004

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Wax (reinforced by polymer resin),
paint, 8 1/4 x 5 5/16” (20,5 x 13,8 x 8 cm),
produced by Making Objects Ltd.,
Ed. 60/XX, signed and numbered

Inverting the cothurnus, from foot to face, from sound to silence, from the swagger of conceit to the truthfulness of disguise.


“It was strange that when I was younger I thought of my mother as older in the picture and when I returned to it, I realized that hers was the face of a young woman that I didn’t recognize and hadn’t seen before! It took my own aging to make me really appreciate and understand my mother as her younger self. I could see in the photograph my mother, myself, and someone I could never have known at that age.” Gillian Wearing, interview with Cay-Sophie Rabinowitz Parkett No. 70, 2004