30 July 2005

tracey moffatt

The photographer is almost as famous in art circles for her inaccessibility as she is for her stunning 1989 series Something More, in which she appears as a doomed glamourpuss in the outback, resplendent in a red cheongsam. They became the most valuable Australian photographs sold at auction when bought for $227,050 last year. Moffatt has both stoked our curiosity with her wild narratives, in which she regularly stars, and ignored our desire for some kind of explanation.

She loathes interpreting her work, often refusing to be drawn on the significance of her adopted personas, whether it's as a naked companion for a stuffed sheep in Pet Thang, a self-described "witchy woman" preying on scuba divers in the luridly kitsch Adventure series or a mother frightened by haunted railroad tracks in her feature film Bedevil.

at the SMH

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