Polly Borland's series Wonky presents an idiosyncratic and touching meditation on love, juxtaposed with a unique selection of her documentary photographs, images that have informed Wonky. Borland's initial inspiration for the series began when she relocated from London to Hollywood, with its promise of glamour and prevailing artificiality. However, moved by her residency at Museum Victoria, Borland photographed objects in the Psychiatric Services Collection, gathered from Victoria's now-closed mental health institutions from the period 1870-1980. In exhibiting work from each series, Borland invites speculation on the familial relationship between different modes within her practice, from documentary through to sculptured forms and staged photography.
Polly Borland is represented by Murray White Room, Melbourne; Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York; and Other Criteria, London.
Polly Borland would like to acknowledge Dr Nurin Veis and Museum Victoria
Image: Polly Borland Wonky IV 2013, courtesy the artist and Murray White Room, Melbourne.