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Sarah Lucas
Self Portraits, 1990-1999

Sarah Lucas, Got a Salmon On#3, Self Portraits 1990-1999

Sarah Lucas, Got a Salmon On #3, 1997, iris prints on paper

Sarah Lucas’s provocative and often humorous works challenge antipathies and assumptions towards the female body in mainstream culture and art. These self portraits were taken throughout the 1990s, and reflect shifting perspectives and perceptions of female identity. Portrayed as a characteristically androgynous figure, the artist assumes a number of roles, from sexually provocative in Eating a Banana, 1990, to outward belligerence displayed in Fighting Fire with Fire, 1996, and vulnerability in a later work, Human Toilet Revisited, 1998. Lucas offers a Baudelarian portrait of the artist, whose presence and appearance is an expression of her time. However, presented as a portfolio of works, Lucas also invites an archival reading, investing the subject with universal significance.