Justene Williams

(Australia 1970 – )

(No)body

Location
Not on display
Further information

(No)body echoes the spirit of Justene Williams’ performances, which in turn channel the provocative live events staged by the Dadaists and Futurists in the early 20th century. In her performances, Williams synthesises elements of theatre, dance, sound and painting to create extraordinary zones of visual excess. The composition of (No)body is derived from props that the artist salvaged from previous works, which have been used to create a type of photographic image known as a photogram. Usually, this involves placing objects directly onto photographic paper, then exposing the arrangement to light. However, here Williams has also placed objects within the bellows of the darkroom enlarger, allowing her to construct a collage-like image of great complexity, which she has dubbed a ‘bellowgram’. A disorienting riot of colours, textures and image fragments, (No)body is full of energy, even though the figure at its centre is anonymous and inanimate.

Year
2018
Media
Photograph
Medium
c-type print mounted on 3mm diabond aluminium
Dimensions
244.0 x 122.0 cm
Credit
Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2019
Accession number
14.2019
Copyright
© Justene Williams