The Most Iconic Artists of the 1990s
Courtesy of Gillian Wearing and Maureen Paley
Please note this work is sold framed.
Framed dimensions: 34.2 x 25.4 x 2.3 cm
AMY’S WISH “TO BE A BALLERINA”
Amy was obsessed with ballet and had just been accepted into ballet school when, at age 15, she was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukaemia.
Amy underwent intensive chemotherapy treatment which resulted in her losing her hair. She also received a bone marrow transplant from her younger sister.
Amy’s wish was to experience a day in the life of a ballerina at the Royal Ballet School in London.
When the time came for her wish to become a reality, Amy and her family flew to London from their home in Northern Ireland and stayed at a hotel for two nights. After a personal shopping experience at Topshop on London’s famous Oxford Street, Amy, her Mum and her sister were taken by limo to the Royal Opera House where they watched the first act of the ballet’s dress rehearsal of their new show, Giselle.
After this, they headed to the Royal Ballet School and joined some of the ballet students for lunch, where Amy got the opportunity to ask them all about life at the school.
Amy and her family got a tour of the school and were able to watch some of the students in their ballet lessons before she was presented with a bag of Royal Ballet goodies to take home.
Speaking about her wish, Amy, now 19, said “I enjoyed every single part of my wish. The whole day spent at the Royal Ballet was incredible. I was in my element. It meant a lot to me seeing the life that I was set to live before my illness.”
This event is being run through Make-A-Wish Promotions Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK to which it gifts any profit. The Art of Wishes is a joint event and the profits will be split equally between Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK (295672/SC 037479) and Make-A-Wish Foundation® Israel (580258820).
Image rights: © Gillian Wearing, courtesy of Maureen Paley
Turner Prize-winner Gillian Wearing produces candid videos and photographs revealing the disconnect between our inner lives and public personas, the individual and society, and truth and fiction. Inspired by documentaries, reality television, and the artifice of theater, Wearing describes her approach as “editing life.” She turns her lens on herself and on people she meets, whether on the street or through advertisements she has placed in newspapers. Among her most famous works is Signs That Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say (1992–93), for which she stopped hundreds of passersby in London, invited them to write whatever they wished on a white card, and photographed them. Like all of Wearing’s work, the portraits in this series convey the startling, unsettling divide between one’s outside appearance and innermost self.
British, b. 1963, Birmingham, United Kingdom