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Anne Marsh
Pat Brassington: This is not a Photograph

A Tasmanian Monograph
Quintus Publishing 2006
224 x 204
mm, hardcover, 64 pp
$39.95 rapt

The subtitle of this book pays homage to the Surrealist artist René Magritte and his painting The Treachery of Images (1929) which shows a pipe with the caption ‘This is not a pipe’. Pat Brassington’s work presents puzzles for the viewer and pushes us to the boundaries where ideas and images collide. The fantastic, the uncanny, the fetishistic and the unbelievable are recurring themes. Often they cohere around the female body and sexuality. Sometimes the conceptual content is dark, exploring the underbelly of social relations; at other times it is light and humorous. The author engages with the artists and her work in an attempts to extrapolate on some of these ideas.

Anne Marsh is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University and part of the SCOPE Research Group. She is author of Body and Self: Performance Art in Australia, 1969-1992 (Oxford 1993), The Darkroom: Photography and the Theatre of Desire (Macmillan 2003), and contributing editor for Eyeline: Contemporary Visual Arts.