Tracey Moffat

1960- Invocations #1 2000 photo silkscreen 122 x 146 cm Collection Shepparton Art Museum, purchased with the assistance of the Myer Foundation Family Grants Program, 2011 2011.16

Tracey Moffatt created her Invocation series in two parts over a two-year period. The first year she spent in her studio in New York constructing sets and models and shooting each scene. For the second year she worked with a master printer to screen-print the works in a sequence of textured layers to build up depth in the works, using up to 25 silkscreens per image. The rich textures she has created heighten the fantastic nature of the works while also giving the images a painterly appearance which Moffatt has described as resembling a pastel or watercolor. The delicate balance of colour, tone and depth imbues the works with a seductive appeal.

Moffatt is known for constructing dramatic scenarios through broken narratives which also lends her work a further dreamlike quality. The hallucinatory Invocations I is the first work in the series of 13 images which is composed of three disjointed narratives about a little girl in a forest, a woman and man in the desert and a foreboding horde of spirits. The artist has explained that the imagery for Invocations is derived from a dream that she had which tapped into a narrative around the intangible nature of power and passion and the will to survive. The psychological landscapes are enhanced by the theatrical sets which have been inspired by Alfred Hitchcock, Francisco Goya and Walt Disney. The anthropomorphic cartoon trees in Invocations I, are particularly reminiscent of Disney films. Set in an elliptical rondel, Invocations I, gives the effect of looking into a crystal ball and seeing a fairytale narrative.