Portrait of the Unknown Editor
Portrait of the Unknown Editor is a feminist collage made with vintage magazines and a simple cut-out juxtaposition using a publicity image of George Lucas and his then-wife and editor, Marcia Lucas. The collage is about the role of the film editor, crucial to the making of the film, yet often invisible to the cinema audience. Many of these film editors throughout history have been female, labouring away quietly in the background – in darkened edit suites – to complete (or save) the film while the male director, is credited as the sole author or ‘auteur’ of the film. This photomontage features George Lucas, director of ‘Stars Wars’, arguably one of the most famous directors in the world. Next to him stands the absent outline of his editor and then-wife, Marcia Lucas. She represents one of the most famous omissions from popular film history and in this collage she stands in for the many unknowns that went before and continue to work in the shadows. Inspired by the cinema and feminist film theory the large-format original was first exhibited with the ‘Tales from the Cutting Room Floor’ collection in 2015 that explores themes of voyeurism and gender representation. This is a limited edition of 1/50 printed in giclee, taken from an original photomontage and signed by the artist. This cut and paste mixed media is signed by Julia Andrews-Clifford and is part of the collection ‘Tales from the Cutting Room Floor‘ (2015).