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Wallpaper - 12345 Wallpaper

12345 Wallpaper

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Canada (made)

  • Date:

    1999-2000 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mark, Kelly, born 1967 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand screenprint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case SH, shelf 45

This wallpaper was designed by Canadian artist Kelly Mark (born 1967). It was produced as part of the NSCAD (Novia Scotia College of Art and Design) wallpaper series, for which a number of artists (former instructors and alumni of the college) were invited to contribute designs in 1999.

Kelly Mark's design references the idea of the domestic interior as a prison - it has a pattern made up of endless rows of 'five-bar gates', the hand-written marks used for counting. Screen-printed from hand-drawn original marks, they are uneven and variable as if made with different implements. They suggest the marking of time by someone confined or housebound, if not actually imprisoned. The paper carries overtones of claustrophobia, and offers a witty take on the monotony of repetition, a defining feature of much domestic routine. It also makes play with the idea of wallpaper as a pattern of repeated marks.

Physical description

Roll of wallpaper printed black on white with repeated 'five bar gate' markings, as used in counting.

Place of Origin

Canada (made)


1999-2000 (made)


Mark, Kelly, born 1967 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Hand screenprint on paper


Width: 69.5 cm

Descriptive line

'12345 Wallpaper', wallpaper printed black on white with repeated 'five bar gate' markings, by Kelly Mark, Canada, 1999-2000.

Subjects depicted



Prints; Wall coverings; Installation art


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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