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Australian contemporary art


Julie Rrap has been a major figure in Australian contemporary art for over 25 years. Since the mid-1970s, she has worked with photography, painting, sculpture, performance and video in an ongoing project concerned with representations of the body/her body.


Associate Professor Julie Rrap.

Research location

Sydney College of the Arts


Research interests

A central focus in Rrap's research has been the human body and its representations, with a particular emphasis on the female body within western art history. Over a more than 40-year period this interest has been explored through a variety of media that challenge the conventions of content and of form. Photography has been a particular focus because as a medium it bridges fine art and popular imagery, allowing the artwork to dialogue with broader concerns about the body. The use of digital techniques has allowed the exploration of the surrealism of the image in a world gone surreal with medical interventions on the body. Rrap’s image “Overstepping” 2001 directly references such potential interventions.

Rrap has utilised numerous media, including sculpture, painting, drawing and video, often combined as installations. A pivotal work, Body Double (2007), combined silicon body casts, projected video, sound and interactive elements and created an immersive environment for the viewer. The audience has always played a central role in Rrap's investigations of the body, allowing "their" bodies to become entangled in these representational questionings.

Additional information

1. If you are interested in this research opportunity, you are encouraged to email the potential supervisor directly.  To find their email address, follow the link provided to their profile page. 

When contacting them, you should describe your academic educational background and research experience and include an academic transcript and CV (resume). You should also include a research proposal (1500-2000 words); refer to How to write a research proposal for guidance. You should explain why you want to undertake a PhD and how you believe your research topic aligns with the supervisor’s own research. You may be asked to supply a sample of written work.

  • For the practice-led PhD, you should include a portfolio of recent creative work.
  • For the Master of Fine Arts by Research Degree, ensure you've read the MFA degree information here.

2. Your potential supervisor may offer you advice on developing your research proposal before you submit your application. You will need to provide a written statement from your potential supervisor that they have agreed to supervise your project.

3. If you would like general advice in your subject area before submitting an application, contact an academic advisor listed here.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 3328

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