Tracey Moffatt, a Scorpion, used self portraiture to create a series of forty images of women born under the sign of Scorpio. The images are not a serious attempt to ‘be’ the other person rather they are a playful look at some of the external characteristics of these celebrities. Indira Ghandi’s trademark large sunglasses, Catherine Denueve’s hair roll with upturned collar are what Moffatt chooses to accentuate.
She made a contact sheet (1) of each person and shows us these with the ‘chosen’ image ringed. She then places these images on ‘appropriate’ backgrounds, in Photoshop, to create the final image. it is all about celebrity and pizzazz rather than serious representation.
These women have two things in common, they are born under the sign of Scorpio and they are celebrities. Grouping them under their birth sign is just a way of making a ‘set’. Moffatt says she never uses single images. Her work is about narrative. What these images are about is celebrity and how the media see and portrays these famous people.
Moffatt’s cinematic experience is evident in her series.
I find it difficult to work out what connections Moffatt is making between her own Aboriginal origins, her past and her upbringing and this group of Scorpian women. I find the idea of the work interesting and the execution superb.
- Tracey Moffatt – Being – Under the Sign of Scorpio, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, 2005 – Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. 2016. Tracey Moffatt – Being – Under the Sign of Scorpio, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, 2005 – Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.roslynoxley9.com.au/artists/26/Tracey_Moffatt/385/. [Accessed 29 February 2016].
. 2016. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://s3.amazonaws.com/edcanvas-uploads/37246/dropbox/1369396694/art%20insight_Narrative-Moffatt.pdf. [Accessed 29 February 2016].