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Jessica Mauboy

2018
David Rosetzky

gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper (frame: 106.0 cm x 150.0 cm, sheet: 103.5 cm x 147.5 cm)

Jessica Mauboy (b. 1989), Darwin-born singer, songwriter and actor, is a descendant of the KuKu Yalanji nation of Far North Queensland. In 2006, at the age of sixteen, she captured national attention as the runner-up on the television program Australian Idol. Since then she has achieved music sales over 3.3 million units, five top 10 albums, fifteen top 20 singles, four ARIA-accredited platinum selling albums and two ARIA Music Awards. She has also appeared in the Australian films Bran Nue Dae (2009) and The Sapphires (2012). In 2015 she became an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and in 2018 she was named an Australian tourism ambassador.

For his portrait of Mauboy, David Rosetzky wanted to capture her energy, optimism and authenticity using a double exposure image. 'We talked about this idea of chaos and stillness and how she manages to stay quite centred within herself despite the crazy lifestyle … so with one of the layers of the images, she'd be quite still and looking directly at the camera and then with one of the other layers, she was doing more movement.' Mauboy enjoyed the collaborative nature of the sitting, as she recalled: 'just having a bit of a play, having a bit of movement, really creating those layers of personality … being strong, being loving to yourself and kind, but also being wild.'

Commissioned with funds provided by Sony Music Entertainment Australia 2018
© David Rosetzky

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Artist and subject

David Rosetzky (age 48 in 2018)

Jessica Mauboy (age 29 in 2018)

Supported by

Sony Music Entertainment Australia (1 portrait supported)

Related portraits

1. Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008. All David Rosetzky, Lucy Guerin, J David Franzke.

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