About Dr Julie Rrap

Julie Rrap's work has explored and critiqued representations of the body, particularly the female body, throughout western history, using the character of the trickster to facilitate these investigations. The central focus of Rrap's research is the human body and its representations, with a particular emphasis on the female body within western art history. Over a 30-year period, Julie Rrap has explored these representations through a variety of media, challenging the conventions of content and of form. The predominance of photography in Rrap's work is due to it's role as a bridge between fine art and popular imagery, allowing the artwork to dialogue with broader concerns about the body. Digital techniques enable the exploration of the surrealism of the body image, in a world gone surreal with medical interventions into the body. 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 her representational questions.

Julie Rrap has been a major figure in Australian contemporary art for over 30 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 work has been selected for numerous international and national exhibitions, including the 1986, 1987, 1992 and 2008 Sydney Biennales, and more recently the 2007 Auckland Triennale, the 2009 Clemenger Contemporary Art Prize, NGV, Melbourne and in 2010, the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea. She has won the Hermann's Art Award for her photograph 'Overstepping' in 2001, the Redlands Art prize for a combined sculpture and photographic work in 2008 and the University of Queensland National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize for her video work, '360 Degree Self-Portrait', in 2009. In 2007, a publication and 25-year survey exhibition, 'Body Double', was curated at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney by Victoria Lynn. Rrap's works are held in every major public collection in Australia as well as in many corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas. She currently exhibits with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Arc 1 Gallery, Melbourne.

Selected publications

  • Twisted Logic, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne 2019
  • Blow Back, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2018
  • Speechles, Australian Centre for Photography & State Library of New South Wales, Sydney Australia, 2017
  • Doublespeak, Tweed Regional Gallery, Australia, 2017
  • Vital Statistics, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, 2017
  • Remaking the World, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2016
  • Remaking the World, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Australia, 2015
  • Castaway, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia, 2015
  • Off Balance, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, Australia, 2011
  • The Trickster, Gyeonggi Museum of Art, Korea, 2010