Julia Robinson, The fruit that made man wise (2016). Courtesy the artist and GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide

Julia Robinson, A Sunny Pleasure Dome (2016). Courtesy the artist and GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide

23 June—14 July, 2017

Julia Robinson (SA)

ACE Open interstate presentation


Thursday 22 June, 6pm


Ideas Platform, Artspace Sydney, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, NSW

Hybridising naturally occurring plant forms with practices of costuming and adornment, Julia Robinson’s Artspace Sydney Ideas Platform project Long Ballads distills the artist’s interest in the themes of fecundity, ritual and the cycle of the seasons.

Collectively the work takes its cues from a range of rituals that affirm life and ward off death, many of which are still performed in England and across Europe today. These performances involve elaborate costumed characters and are boisterous, bawdy and aggressive, frequently invoking the phallus as a symbol of virility.

Julia Robinson is a South Australian visual artist working in the field of sculpture and installation. Her work reflects an interest in religion, the afterlife and death and how humans address these concerns through ritual. Drawing on established belief systems and a multitude of sources including myths, fairy tales and European superstition and folklore, Robinson’s work explores our discomfort with the finality of death. Recent works have invoked fertility rituals and motifs of resurrection and are infused with an air of sexual candour.

Since graduating from Adelaide Central School of Art Robinson has exhibited regularly and been the recipient of a number of grants and awards. Recent exhibitions include Versus Rodin: Bodies across space and time and Dark Heart: 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia; The Song of Master John Goodfellow, Greenaway Art Gallery; Structure for navigating an unknown afterlife, Art Pod; and One to rot and one to grow,Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia. She currently lectures at Adelaide Central School of Art. Her work is held in the Art Gallery of South Australia, Artbank and private collections.

Julia Robinson is represented by GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide.

Presented in association with Artspace Sydney