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Collections Untitled #15 (Wonder)

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Title
Untitled #15 (Wonder)
Artist
Anna Gaskell
Date
1997
Dimensions
overall 10.75 × 13.75 inches
Materials
chromogenic print
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Photographs (Photographs)
Accession Number
1998.72
Edition
AP 1 from an edition of 5
Inscriptions
in white, on reverse BR “AR Gaskell”; in white, on reverse BR “AP1 1997”
Physical Description
An image of a young woman with her hair in front her face showing her bared teeth
Printer
N.A.
Credit Line
McKnight Acquisition Fund, 1998

object label Anna Gaskell, three photographs from the Wonder series (1996 and 1997) Walker Art Center, 2000

An artist who lives and works in New York, Anna Gaskell is part of a generation of artists working today who have continued the tradition of feminist conceptual photography begun in the 1980s by such artists as Laurie Simmons, Cindy Sherman, and Sherrie Levine. In her Wonder series, the worlds of fantasy and reality collide around the figure of Alice, the well-known heroine of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Gaskell’s fascination with Alice centers around the whimsically violent visions in Carroll’s stories, with their fantastic confabulations and at times sadistic motifs. For the artist, Wonderland is a place where anything can happen and the boundaries of real space and time do not apply. She is interested in retelling the tale of Alice in an attempt to reclaim Wonderland outside of the vision of Lewis Carroll.

In the making of these photographs, the artist took on the role of director to obliquely retell her own versions of various passages from the Alice stories. To portray the identity crises that Alice undergoes in Carroll’s stories–growing, shrinking, and generally transforming–the artist hired a pair of identical twins to play the role of Alice. The ambiguous images of the twins, shown from unexpected angles, are physically mirrored in the prints, which shift in scale from extremely small to very large.

These photographs were shown in the 1997 Walker exhibition Stills: Emerging Photography in the 1990s. The acquisition of these two works is part of a continuing Walker effort to create a body of photographic work by young conceptual artists.

Label text for Anna Gaskell, three photographs from the Wonder series (1996 and 1997), from the exhibition State of the Art: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, July 22-October 8, 2000.

Copyright 2000 Walker Art Center