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"Tracey Moffatt - Cuatro: Form and Light in Cyberspace"
2001-04-14 until 2001-06-10
California Museum of Photography
Riverside -- UCR California Museum of Photography is pleased to present Tracey Moffatt, a
dramatic career survey of this fascinating and engaging Australian artist. Moffatts strongest bodies of work including both
photographic series and innovative film and video pieces will be showing on the museum s first .
two floors. Moffatts dramatic staging and subtle blend of harsh realities and fantastical dreams
make her works both visually captivating and conceptually complex.
Moffat prefers to think of herself as a director of photo-narratives, though she often
approaches her work as a painter would a tableau. As the artist herself has explained: Im
always hungry for an image... When I create something new, I work in a fever pitch of
excitement. My hands shake. I need someone to move props and click the camera-button for
me. In both her photographs and films, highly choreographed sound, lighting, color, and
composition form the structure of a complex and multi-layered narrative. Conventional image
and textual relationships are investigated and reformulated through strategically chosen titles that
sometimes function as visual puns. In some cases Moffatt casts herself as the protagonist in her
stories, blurring the line between fiction and autobiography.
Moffatt, of Aboriginal descent, was adopted and raised by a white foster family in the suburbs of
Brisbane. Her thematic concerns frequently address her hybridized background as well as
subjects such as race, gender, sexuality, and identity which recur in her work as aesthetic
expressions of her personal history . Moffatt draws additional inspiration from the popular films
and television series she grew up with in the 1960s and 1970s, which help inform her revisionist
views of media stereotypes, the representation of women, and the dualistic nature of violence as
both an energizing and disruptive power.