Artist Tracey Moffatt was born in 1960 and grew up in Brisbane, Australia. She graduated from Queensland College of the Arts where she studied film and video production. Since relocating to Sydney in 1983, Moffatt has worked as independent filmmaker, photographer, and curator.
Moffatt has received international acclaim as an experimental filmmaker. Her short film, Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy, was selected for official competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990. In 1993, a feature length film entitled Bedevil was also selected for competition. For this film, which is a trilogy of ghost stories, Moffatt reportedly “raided the family closet,” embroidering on stories she had heard as a child. Moffatt has directed several music videos, including one for the rock group INXS in 1993 which was screened worldwide by MTV.
Like Moffatt’s films, her photographic work, which ranges from the glamorous to the erotic to the autobiographical, is nearly always narrative. Elaborately staged sets and multicultural casts also recall her film work. Moffatt’s photographs are represented in major public and private collections throughout Australia. She has been included in numerous individual and group exhibitions at such institutions as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art in Glasgow, Scotland, the National Gallery of Victoria, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
In October 1994, Moffatt was selected to participate in the Pace Roberts Foundation International Artist-in-Residence Program. While in San Antonio, Moffatt, who is a serious sports fan, produced a photo series loosely based on the (once popular) American Roller Derby TV show. The photo series explores issues of sex, glamour, and violence.