Tracey Moffatt Birth Certificate, 1962 1994

Artwork details

Artist
Tracey Moffatt born 1960
Title
Birth Certificate, 1962
Date 1994
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 800 x 600 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1998
Reference
P78101
Not on display

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Drawing on memories from the artist's childhood, these works mimic photo spreads from the American magazine Life. The terse captions hint at the traumatic stories behind the images. Moffatt has commented: 'A person can make a passing comment to you when you are young and this can change you forever. You can be "scarred for life" but it isn't necessarily a bad thing. The photographs can be read as both tragic and comic - there is a thin line between both.'

August 2004

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