Dummy
By Caroline Stephen

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Year
1999
Media
Printmaking
Subject Matter
Abstract - People
Reg. Number
P1029
Size
74 x 53 cm

The delicate palette of this collaged screen-print is feminine yet industrial and practical. The yellowed papers of the clothing pattern appear as crisp lines against the white of the base, creating a sense of age: a lost industry. With the blue instructions, and, most notably the capitalised words ‘JACKET FRONT’, Caroline introduces the only colour to the work simply through the found object of the jacket pattern. The photo screenprint overlay introduces a monochrome clothes-maker’s dummy dressed in the artist’s printing apron and a necklace of pearls. The dummy creates a sense of the absent body and artist.

Using collage to carefully layer ‘found’ clothing patterns with a photo screenprint of a dummy, Caroline exposes the translucency of the clothing pattern paper to create a simple, transparent composition. The viewer is also aware of the process of photography here: the photograph of a dummy is cropped at the knee and neck (where the dummy ceases to be of use to the jacket-maker) and stretches the full height of the canvas.

‘Dummy’ is inspired by the process of making both clothes and prints. Caroline illustrates the thought process of the jacket maker; overlaying the dummy and jacket pattern to construct a view of what can or will be created in the future. The work is also materials-led with inspiration being found in the clothing pattern itself; leading the artist through the processes of photography, collage and screen-printing.

Originally from Turriff in Aberdeenshire, Caroline Stephen studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. Graduating with a BA in Fine Art Printmaking in 1999, she went on to re-train as a primary school teacher and graduated in 2003 from The University of Dundee with a PGDE in Primary Education. Today, Caroline continues to work as a primary school teacher in Dundee.

With thanks to University of Dundee Press Office for artist information.