Wild about Polly


Photo: Nick Cave in a blue wig, by Polly Borland, for Smudge (2011)

Flights of fancy dress: Polly Borland’s portraits marry the infantile and the fetishistic

Rob Sharp, The Independent
17 March 2011

In 1978, in Melbourne, Australia, photographer Polly Borland was at a party with a little-known band called The Birthday Party. Borland was getting a ribbing from a friend, but the band’s guitarist, Nick Cave, stepped in to defend her.

So began a 30-year relationship between the pair which continues to this day. Borland lives with her husband, the director of The Road, John Hillcoat, in the same area of Brighton as Cave and his wife, the British model Susie Bick. Borland has photographed Cave numerous times, most recently for the cover of “Money and Run”, Cave’s forthcoming track with supergroup UNKLE. Now, there is Smudge, an exhibition and book featuring Cave posing in various infantile, adapted costumes, opening at Other Criteria, Damien Hirst’s central London gallery on 18 March. Continue to article.

[Morgan note: Utter brilliance! *bows to Ms. Borland*]

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About Morgan Wolfe

I write contemporary LGBTQ fiction that explores the dark & light of human love and desire. Interests: Progressive politics, visual arts, vintage illustration, mid-century design. French films, Queer cinema. Literary quotes. J'adore Paris. Ich liebe Berlin.

2 thoughts on “Wild about Polly

    • Hey Jo, Yeah, tell it to Roy Sharp at The Independent. He’s the one who wrote the text. These days, fact checking seems to be low on the list of priorities for journalists. OTOH, maybe Polly Borland is the one who had her bands/instruments mixed up and he simply took her word for it. 😉 Tx for the comment!

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