MOFFATT, Tracey (1960 - )
Something More No. 1
(also known as: Untitled, No. 1, from the series Something More). Cibachrome photographic print, created 1989, 965 x 1270 mm (viewable image), 1150 x 1440 mm (frame), framed under Perspex by Art Passepartout, Berlin, white mount and white timber frame. Image number one from the series of nine photographs Something More, printed in an edition of 30 numbered copies, printed to full sheet size, this one of 25 artist’s proofs, signed ‘T. Moffatt 89’ verso.
“In the photo series for which she has become internationally renowned, Moffatt sets up clearly staged tableau images which have a narrative thread but in which many stories are being told. Themes with violence and sentiment mingle, past and present times are combined through flashbacks and the supernatural forever invades the familiar world. To this mix Moffatt brings her perspective on identity in local terms of her Aboriginality and femininity, but she also carefully styles her narratives to allow multiple readings beyond the specific politics of Australian identity. Something more has the style of a set of stills for a film about the trials of a poor but restless ‘coloured’ girl in rural Australia who wants ‘something more’ out of life than her lot in the back-blocks.” (Gael Newton, National Gallery of Australia)
The suite of nine photographs which comprise the series Something more was originally sold for $2500 (the set) by the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, in the early 1990s. The most recent set to be sold at auction made $227,050 at Christie’s, Sydney, in 2004, just over ten years after the release. Thirty complete sets were numbered in the edition, although images could also be purchased as single prints. This example is one of 25 unnumbered artist’s proofs. The Something More series has been exhibited extensively internationally and is reproduced in numerous publications on contemporary photography.
“Tracey Moffatt is probably Australia’s most successful artist ever, both nationally and internationally. She is certainly one of the few Australian artists to have established a global market for her work”. (Hannah Fink in Tradition today: Indigenous art in Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004).
From her varied and evolving oeuvre, Something More No. 1 remains Moffatt’s most well-recognised and desired image, the lingering enigma of the narrative continuing to provoke questions of identity, belonging and a complex sexuality. Firmly grounded within a contemporary indigenous experience of Australian society, Moffatt’s work still explores universal themes, which explains how, probably more than any other Australian photographer, her work has been accepted and collected internationally.
Tracey Moffatt is representing Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2017.
Collections (other examples):
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
- Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (an unsigned proof)
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
- Murray Art Museum, Albury
- Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
- Sammlung Klein, Eberdingen, Germany
- Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien