Art History Definition: Montage


(noun) - Montage is a combination of images taken from any number of media (photographs, film, and handmade). These images can be whole or partial, glued together on a surface (such as a photomontage), or edited together to produce a video or film. Think of those film clips edited together that the annual Academy Awards (a.k.a. the Oscars) ceremony loves to show in order to stir up our emotions - especially the images of those who passed away over that past year.

Tracey Moffatt (b. 1960 in Brisbane, Australia) has turned the Oscar editing aesthetic into an art. Her film montages knit together snippets from television and film in order to create a sense of commentary on universal issues: love, motherhood and, most recently, art.