Bridget Mac / Elevate / September 26 – October 13 2012


I have used photographic collage to reconstruct cities and nudes. In this ongoing project I am looking at the idea of masculinity within a culture, representing it in the ageless forms of stone and architecture. My collages provide you with a vivid example of the complex notions of masculinity.

“A way of certifying experience, taking photographs is also a way of refusing it—by limiting experience to a search for the photogenic, by converting experience into an image, a souvenir.” – Susan Sontag ‘On Photography.’

Having refused to take a camera on the research trip to Sicily, I knew I could glean any photogenic image of the cities I’d visited off the internet. This was a process for me of keeping to the traditional method of collage and using found image. Still furthering the practice of collage, I have layered these cities and nudes with found images of the Italian Alps.


Australian artist Bridget Mac b. 1985 lives and works in Melbourne. Elevate is Mac’s second solo exhibition following her return from Berlin in 2011. Her previous solo exhibition Glas showed in February at Trocadero Artspace. These exhibitions follow on from Vacant 2010 and Collage 2009. Mac also published and launched her book titled Ost Artists in May 2012. The book is a culmination of portraits and interviews completed in Germany, looking at artists and musicians who were living and working under the regime of the German Democratic Republic. Since 2009 Bridget has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, United States and Germany.

Among other grants and awards Mac won the National Youth Self Portrait Prize, for Masculine/Feminine in July 2010 and was a finalist in the Head On Photographic Portrait Prize, That Day. The Miscarriage in May 2011.

The Washington Post, The Australian National Portrait Gallery Magazine and The Australian Newspaper have all reviewed Mac’s work with outstanding merit. Bridget’s work is included in private collections in Sydney, Melbourne, Hamburg and Washington DC.

Download the essay, (Dis)mantle-Pieces by Michael Chapman or the room sheet here.