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*]