Pat Brassington (b 1942), artist, was born in Hobart and studied at the Tasmanian School of Art. One of Australia's foremost photo-based artists, she has been exhibited and collected extensively in Australia and overseas and featured in such prestigious events as Australian Perspecta 1989 and the Sydney Biennale 2004.
Brassington's work references surrealism, feminism and fetishism. Photographic motifs, collaged or digitally manipulated, create disconcertingly ambiguous imagined states which fascinate and disturb. Images evoke uneasy tensions between bizarre, sinister intimations of menace and weirdly beautiful, benign harmonies. Open to multiple interpretations, the titles deflect from the content to redirect and encourage more subjective meanings. Using sexuality to confront, discomfort and intrigue, she layers and collages the actual with the improbable to create a mesmeric and often humorous quality.
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