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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1983 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wilkins-Nacht, Elfie, born 1937 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 1014

Physical description

A black and white photograph depicting a layered image. The bottom layer of the image, of which only half is visible, consists of a photograph depicting a semi-naked figure of ambiguous sexuality. Superimposed on this image is a photograph depicting a veiled woman holding a child upon which another image has been placed. This image depicts the naked torso of a woman that has been placed to align with the head of the veiled woman. On the right a string of pearls has been placed over the image to correspond with the necklace that the nude woman is wearing.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1983 (made)


Wilkins-Nacht, Elfie, born 1937 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

'Elfie Wilkins-Nacht Ave/Eva, 1983'
Signed and inscribed in pencil on the back


Height: 37.9 cm, Width: 46.2 cm

Object history note

This print is from the portfolio '20/20', published in an edition of 58 (of which this is number 56) with catalogue, by the Department of Art, Dickson Art Center, University of California (UCLA), April 1985. The portfolio was devised to contain work by students who had completed the graduate photography programme at UCLA within the last twenty years. It was co-ordinated by Graham Howe and Jack Butler and designed by Karen Bowers with the catalogue introduction by Robert F. Heinecken. The other artists included in the portfolio are Gillian Brown, Jack Butler, Jo Ann Callis, Judy Coleman, Darryl J. Curran, John Divola, William Doherty, Sidney Doniger, Robbert Flick, Jeff Gates, Graham Howe, Paul Knotter, Victor Landweber, Kenneth McGowan, Philip Melnick, Patrick Nagatani, Karen O'Hearn, Pat O'Neill, Sheila Pinkel, Scott Rankin, Kenneth Shorr and Elfie Wilkins-Nacht.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Elfie Wilkins-Nacht, 'Ave/Eva' from the portfolio '20/20', gelatin-silver print, USA, 1983

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1991


Photographic paper



Subjects depicted

Religion; Femininity; Child; Veils; Women; Pearls; Mother; Gender; Nudes


Photographs; Gender and Sexuality; Religion


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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