Monday, March 23, 2009

"Moffatt's work seeks to confuse and disturb meanings of cultural identification while questioning the authenticity of the presentation by reinforcing its own 'fake' construction."
Moffatt's fantasy work, Adventure Series contained painted backdrops, costumes and models including herself to create a soap opera like drama of doctors, nurses and pilots in a tropical setting.
Moffatt's Portraits explores the idea of 'celebrity' among people in her social circle, including fellow artists and members of her family. In this work, Moffat creates 'glamorized' renderings of their faces using computer technology, repetitive framing and bright colors.
Moffat began taking photographs and then wanted to go further than photography to present her images, so Moffat found this printer in New Jersey who had a huge old-fashioned set-up. He was a commercial printer, and he said he would do the job. Moffat said "It's all by hand, colour after colour, screen after screen, so the pictures have this sort of built up feel: like a pastel, a watercolour. And it's very physical. I wanted the physicality of paint on paper. I wanted it to be sensual."
Her works blur the boundary between photography and film, with characters acting out stories in painted backdrops of the Australian outback.
In her films and photographs, Moffat uses highly choreographed lighting, sound, composition and colour which forms a complex and multi- layered narrative. Most of her work addresses issues such as Indigenous Heritage, race, gender, sexuality and identity.

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