An image of Insight

Justene Williams

(Australia 1970 – )


Not on display
Further information

Justene Williams is best known for making live and video performances, which involve elaborate makeshift sets as well as costumes that distort the body. 'Insight' has a similarly eccentric, provisional feel. With their colourful mismatched segments, the mannequins appear as though assembled from random parts found at hand. Their strange, elongated limbs add a sense of the uncanny, and suggest a leak between the real space of the gallery and the virtual world conjured by the headset. The title hints ironically at the vacuous dimension of digital culture: the all-important role of spectacle in an endlessly expanding universe of images. Tellingly, one of the figures is immersed in this realm, while the other is alienated. In a typical gesture, Williams has incorporated a recycled - and decidedly unspectacular - element. The sticky glove has featured in a number of her earlier works and is covered in the residues of their making.

Sculpture, Installation
fibreglass mannequins, acrylic, plastic VR mask, LED tube lights, rubber glove
2 units, overall dimensions 110.0 x 345.0 x 215.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2019
Accession number
© Justene Williams