An image of Insight

Justene Williams

(Australia 1970 – )


Contemporary galleries
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
Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2019
Accession number
© Justene Williams