Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 1992
type C photograph in frame
H 100 W 130cm
H 111 W 141 D 3.2cm
Internationally renowned artist Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Highly regarded for her formal and stylistic experimentation in film, photography and video, her work draws on the history of cinema, art and photography as well as popular culture and her own childhood memories and fantasies.
Themes such as struggles between individuals, childhood cruelties in suburban life, the toughness of life on the ‘frontier’, the subversion of stereotypes and relations between black and white Australians are apparent in her works. Referencing the artist’s own life and experiences, it nonetheless transcends the specific to create meanings of universal significance. Ultimately, Moffatt’s work deals with the human condition in all its complexities.
Something More is the first of Moffatt’s photographic series which demonstrates all of the elements that have made her work so acclaimed: its theatrical staginess, its references to film, art and photographic history, issues of race and gender, the ambiguity of the characters. There is a strong implication of narrative: a young woman dreams of leaving her isolated home for the big city, but never makes it. Yet the story remains enigmatic – each image is highly suggestive, never quite revealing the roles of the characters or the precise meaning of the actions.