The Newcastle Art Gallery Youth Advisory Group acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and pay our deepest respects to Elders past, present and future. The Youth Advisory Group is dedicated to honouring the culture and traditions of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the visual arts.
NAG Collection Artist
Who is Julie Rrap but one of Australia’s most provocative, boundary-pushing, and interdisciplinary artists? Born in 1950 in the humble town of Lismore, NSW, Rrap has had a decorated and multifaceted career. Working through performance, photography, video, installation, painting, and sculpture, Rrap is primarily concerned with the body 🤸♀️.
With an often macabre sense of humour 💀, Rrap challenges societal stereotypes of the female form and interrogates our understanding of the body - life, death, beauty, decay, symbolism and representation cohere in Rrap's work in a truly unique way.
"I’M NOT SURE HOW MANY SEQUENCES, OR STATES, THAT THIS WORK HAS INSIDE OF IT BUT I KNOW THERE’S QUITE A FEW. EACH STATE LOOKS THROUGH SOME DIAGNOSTIC-LIKE LENS, INTERROGATING ARRANGEMENTS OF LIFE AND DEATH, DECAY AND BEAUTY, BIOLOGICAL AND ARTIFICIAL. BLOOD AND URINE BECOME ICE CUBES, MELTING UNDER STUDIO LIGHTING. BLOOD SEEPS THROUGH A COTTON SHIRT, SLOWLY DYING THE SHIRT A BLACKISH RED. I LIKE HOW LAYERS OF THE BODY ARE EXTRAPOLATED, FAMILIAR LIGAMENTS AND BONES, BODILY EXCREMENT - TOUCH ON THIS IDEA OF THE EMBODIED ARCHIVE. SEEING MANY OF THESE WORKS DISPLAYED NEXT TO EACH OTHER, IS LIKE SEEING A BODY AND ALL IT CONTAINS SPREAD OUT IN FRONT OF YOU. THE WAY RRAP USES FILM AND STOP-MOTION TO SHOW US TIME, BARE AND DISGUSTING, IS SO INSPIRATIONAL TO ME." — D. LOBB.