Polly BORLAND

Untitled XXX 2010

Type C photograph

80 x 69 cm

Artbank collection

“Much of my work is about love”, Polly Borland has said of her acclaimed photographic practice. Looking at her 2010 series ‘ Smudge’ you can see how this is true. Borland angles her lens at a fetishistic cast of characters whose identities are smudged, smeared, streaked, smoked and smouldering. Embellished with various prosthetic devices and fancy-dress costuming, they evoke multiple meanings of love either amplified or tainted by the intersecting sensations of desire and sadness.