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Hermione Wiltshire, b.1963

No. 8 from ‘I Modi’1997

The spaces in the photographs are all libraries and the works were made at a time when the issue of storage on the internet was new. I was interested in the Freudian analogy of desire for knowledge being inextricable from sexual desire. The shapes are taken from the ‘I Modi’ engravings which were originally published in a book of sonnets by Pietro Aretino. Infamous for their explicit descriptions of sexual scenes; they were not couched as mythological narratives and were considered unacceptable. Those in power were anxious that knowledge would leak out to the people through readily available books. The original copper plates of the ‘I Modi’ engravings were destroyed in the Sac of Rome. There are tiny fragments left in the British Museum. Hermione Wiltshire

MediumBlack and white photograph laminated onto aluminium
Dimensions116 x 170 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 2000
Item NumberL.629.1 LW
Copyright Clare Lymer photography.
For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Hermione Wiltshire, No. 8 from ‘I Modi’, 1997, Black and white photograph laminated onto aluminium, 116 x 170 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 2000

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Hermione Wiltshire b.1963

English artist Hermione Wiltshire (born 1963) attended Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London. Combining photography and sculpture in her visual art practice, Wiltshire references the history of art and contemporary culture to consider questions of the representation of women and self-image from a feminist perspective. Wiltshire has exhibited extensively. She has served as senior lecturer in the Photography Department at the Royal College of Art, London. Her work is represented in many public and private collections.
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