Tracey Moffatt's series First Jobs is a nostalgic portrayal of the jobs she worked as a teenager and student to obtain the kind of freedom that could only be achieved through a regular salary. _"The thing about making a bit of your own cash was that you could buy your own clothes and not have to wear the clothes that your mother picked out."¹ Mind-numbing and backbreaking labour, working in factories, peeling pineapples, packing meat and washing hair in a salon resulted in Moffatt's ticket to Europe in the late seventies. Hours of scrubbing floors or washing dishes allowed time for the imagination to run wild, and made 'knock-off time' all the more rewarding. Working hard at these tedious jobs however, was character building, and in Moffatt's case, eventually led her to the life she now enjoys as a full-time artist, a job she explains that has no 'knock-off time'.
¹ Tracey Moffatt, from the artist statement for First Jobs, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery 2008
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