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Photograph - Untitled (Stella) from The Library of Human Hard Copy
  • Untitled (Stella) from The Library of Human Hard Copy
    Gardiner, Jeremy
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Untitled (Stella) from The Library of Human Hard Copy

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gardiner, Jeremy (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    C-type photograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jeremy Gardiner

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2E, shelf DR50

Jeremy Gardiner studied at Newcastle University, then the Royal College of Art from 1980 to 1983. He also undertook a computer graphics course at Middlesex Polytechnic, sponsored by General Electric. Whilst at the RCA, Gardiner used a computer to create vector graphics and plotter drawings that formed the basis for larger paintings and graphite drawings. His RCA degree show was a great success, and one of the paintings was bought for the Government Art Collection.

This is one of a set of four images of Stella Orsini, created in 1984 while Gardiner was a Harkness Fellow in the Visible Language Workshop (VLW) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The VLW had been co-founded by Muriel Cooper and Ron MacNeil a decade earlier, in 1975. When Gardiner arrived, it was in the process of becoming part of MIT’s newly-established Media Lab, launched by Nicholas Negroponte.

Gardiner used the Visible Language Workshop’s SYS graphics computer system to create the four images: “Whilst I was at MIT, Stella Orsini was writing her thesis about how artists were using computers creatively. She was based in the VLW and I made a series of portraits of her, combining images of her face with pictures from Gray’s Anatomy. I created a four-panel portrait, which depicts her face frozen by a flash and then peeled away slowly to reveal the musculature beneath.”

Physical description

C-type photograph

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1984 (made)


Gardiner, Jeremy (artist)

Materials and Techniques

C-type photograph

Marks and inscriptions

'Library of Human Hard Copy'
Embossed circular stamp with embossed text in lower right side.


Height: 40.3 cm, Width: 47.1 cm

Descriptive line

C-type photograph, 'Untitled (Stella) from The Library of Human Hard Copy', by Jeremy Gardiner, 1984.


Photographic paper


Photography; Computer-generated


Computer Art; Photographs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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