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Everything I Want To Be When I Grow Up


Polly Borland's photographic practice has straddled commercial/photographic documentary, and fine art practice, and is characterised by an edgy sensibility that lends her images tension and resonance. Her concerns have included identity, the outcast, beauty and ugliness. Drawn to the weird and wonderful, Borland’s left-of-centre approach transforms the ordinary, even banal, into the extraordinary.

Everything I want to be when I grow up is the first exhibition to survey the different strands of Borland's work. It includes portraits of famous faces such as Cate Blanchett, Nick Cave and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the series AustraliansThe BabiesBunny and Smudge, and the most recent series, Pupa. Borland has lived in Britain since 1989, and presently lives in Los Angeles, USA.


Author: Alison Kubler
Design: Brent Wilson and Gordon Craig
Editors: Michele Helmrich and Samantha Littley
ISBN 978-1-74272-048-7 – PAPERBACK
Published by The University of Queensland Art Museum 2012