Australian, born 1970
Composite portrait 4 2015
silver gelatin print; edition 2/6
Purchased with funds generously provided by Geelong Contemporary, 2017
Since the early 1990s David Rosetzky has expanded the tradition and pictorial formats of portraiture to make intimate observations of human identity and social behaviour. His video and photographic works explore the emotional spectrum of contemporary youth and popular culture: these mediums acting as lyrical supports for choreographed scenarios that explore relationships between the interior psychology and external environments of his subjects.
With Composite portrait 4, Rosetzky reiterates his ‘interest in looking at the self and identity, and the way that’s constructed’. This layered image relies on the unknown outcomes of a double-exposure technique, the aesthetic results of which underscore the artist’s preoccupations with an unfixed and constantly evolving notion of self.