Julie Williams is a photo-media artist living in regional NSW in the Vale of Clwydd. This region, rich in natural history and infused with an ancient indigenous history and culture is also pitted with ruins from the colonial and industrial eras, and is a longstanding coal mining community - a dichotomy at the core of her art practice. She graduated from the City Art Institute having majored in photography and film and in 1992 embarked with fellow artist Ruth Thompson to Argentina on the collaborative project Deciphering the Unseen which toured Australia nationally in 1994. Williams has been a recipient of artist grants and has exhibited widely. She has been a finalist in national art awards; receiving commendations in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award and the Muswellbrook Photographic Award. She regularly exhibits with curator Sandy Edwards of Arthere.
Julie Williams addresses our vulnerability as a species disconnected from nature; disconnected from ourselves. Across photography, video and installation, she utilises self portraiture with multiple exposures; immersing herself deep within the landscape to highlight the search for reconnection and an ecological healing. The camera lens is an eye, her eye, as it passes over and through the land uncovering and rediscovering old places: twisting white lines of sunlight on water become written language to decipher, birdsong audio morphs into human chanting, and the mountains and caves resonate with the depths of time. When the artist appears in the imagery, it as a translucent figure displaced and searching. Her work queries the spirit of place and how humanity can inhabit a location more fully.
Festival DATES 21 to 24 NOVEMBER 2019