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An image of Lunch by Pat Brassington

Pat Brassington

(Australia 03 Mar 1942 – )

Media category
Materials used
pigment print

70.0 x 36.6 cm image; 120.0 x 74.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors' Program 2000
Accession number
© Pat Brassington
Not on display
Further information

Pat Brassington's work has always used found images and those made by the artist. Until 1998 she worked in black and white, however more recently she has begun to use colour and worked with digital software in order to create the strange and surreal juxtapositions for which she is known. 'Lunch' 2000 appears to represent a torso elongated, sexualised, and referencing a body other than human - possibly that of an insect. The notion of feeding is enhanced by the conjunction of title and torso.

Brassington is able to present haunting, dream like images which lead the viewer to the edges of the imagination. The works from this particular series are perverse and beautiful. They are highly resolved images which mark the abilities of this artist to change technique and form, and be able to present her ideas with the same, if not more maturity.

Bibliography (3)

Judy Annear, World without end - Photography and the 20th century, Sydney, 2000, 66 (colour illus.).

Alasdair Foster (Editor in Chief), Photofile 59, Pat Brassington recent work, pg.37-40, Paddington, Apr 2000, 40 (colour illus.).

Catriona Moore, Art and Australia (Vol. 42, No. 3), 'Decoration, aspiration & nostalgia: contemporary Australian photography', pg.424-433, Paddington, Mar 2005-May 2005, 426 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

World Without End - Photography and the 20th Century, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Dec 2000–25 Feb 2001

Pat Brassington work in progress, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Parkville, 13 Jul 2002–15 Sep 2002

The surreal aesthetic, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Jul 2007–14 Oct 2007