Polly Borland (b. 1959) established her practice in the late
1980s through major portrait commissions and extraordinary
reportage. Since 2000 the photographer’s art projects,
exhibitions and publications have recorded documentary,
collaborative and created subjects. Borland explores
the possibilities of abstraction and the surreal through
her photographs, at once tender and troubling, they are
poignantly human and pointedly not; an amalgam of humour,
the uncanny and a disquieting uneasiness.
Polly Borland Untitled XV from the series Smudge 2010
C-type print, 76 x 65cm.
HRAG Collection, purchased
through the HRAG Trust Fund with Assistance from Robert Salzer Foundation, 2014. Image courtesy the artist and Murray White Room,
Melbourne. © the artist