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Self-Portrait of the Artist as Her Mother

Gillian Wearing: Self-Portrait as My Mother, Jean Gregory, 2003

In Self Portrait as My Mother Jean Gregory, Gillian Wearing wears a prim blouse with pointed collars, her hair coiffed short. The artist is forty years old, but she poses quite convincingly as her mother at twenty-three. Giraffe-necked and with an upright, almost rigid posture, her direct, unflinching gaze is unnerving. If not for the subtle lines along her eye creases and jawline, it would be nearly impossible to detect that she is wearing a mask.