Polly Borland’s x-ray vision

The Australian artist in conversation about ‘Polyverse’, Nick Cave and dress-ups

Untitled (Nick Cave in a blue wig) | Polly BORLAND | NGV © Polly Borland

The photo is of Nick Cave. But it’s not the Nick Cave we’ve come to expect. Gone is the black-and-white aesthetic, the gothic melancholy and rock’n’roll cool. Instead it’s Nick Cave as perverse Snow White, in blue wig and sequined puffed-sleeve dress, smothered in a stocking that leaks blood-red lipstick. This is the photo being used…