Tracey MOFFATT, Up in the sky Enlarge 1 /1


Brisbane, Queensland, Australia born 1960

Up in the sky [Up in the sky - a set of 25 photolithographs] 1997 Description: No. 8 in a series of 25

Collection Title: Up in the sky 1997
Materials & Technique: photographs, prints, ink; paper offset lithograph Support: paper
Edition State: published state
Edition: edition of 60

Dimensions: printed image 61.0 h x 76.0 w cm sheet 72.0 h x 102.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: KODAK (Australasia) PTY LTD Fund 1997
Accession No: NGA 97.1761.8

Up in the sky is unusual in Moffatt’s oeuvre for being shot out of doors on location. Her photomedia practice is informed by an upbringing watching television, fascinated by film and pop culture. This series takes many of its visual cues from Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Accattone of 1961 as well as the Mad Max series –the references, twisted and re-imagined, are like half-forgotten memories. She addresses race and violence, presenting a loose narrative set against the backdrop of an outback town. The sense of unease is palpable: Moffatt here is a masterful manipulator of mood.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra