Collection Artwork
Tracey Moffatt (born Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1960)
Doll Birth, 1972 [from Scarred for Life I]
1994
photolithograph on Arches paper
frame size: 34 1/2 x 26 5/8 x 1 3/4 in.
image size: 16 7/8 x 23 5/8 in.
paper size: 31 1/2 x 23 5/8 in.
Gift of Ann and Mel Schaffer Family Collection
2019.61.6.5
AP from an edition of 50 + 3 AP
(P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, New York); purchased by Ann Schapps Schaffer ’62 and Melvyn S. Schaffer, New Jersey, June 1997; given to the Tang Teaching Museum, 2019.

Object Label

Tracey Moffatt’s series Scarred for Life I and Scarred for Life II explore the bleakness and trauma of both fictional and real moments from childhood and adolescence, highlighting racial, social, and sexual issues.

Moffatt grew up in a world shaped by increasing connectedness, thanks to the heightened accessibility of media. TV news and publications such as Life and Time magazines exposed viewers and readers to people, places, and cultures they would not have encountered in earlier eras. The text/image layout of Moffatt’s series follows a format similar to that of magazines that styled themselves as documentary representations of the late 20th century. Moffatt inserts into this format her scenes of cruelty, expanding the diversity of late 20th-century experience. Her images encourage us to challenge assumptions: we don’t know what happens behind closed doors.

—Eve Kreshtool ’23, Curatorial Intern

From the exhibition: Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy (July 9 – December 18, 2022)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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