Since the 1980s Australian artist Julie Rrap has sought to 'disclose' the human body, and unravel the ways in which it has been represented in art and elsewhere.
A leader in depicting the female form, Rrap is known for using her own body in photographs, videos and sculptures. This has not simply been a documentation of the female form, but that of the performing body - one that enacts various postures through shadow play, masquerade, mirror and mime.
Combining an intellectual framework with a sense of wit, Rrap works across sculpture, installation, photography and video in consistently compelling ways. In this stunning monograph, author Victoria Lynn explores Rrap’s role as ‘the trickster’, how she uses the ‘body double’ and how she oversteps the limits of bodily representation.
About the author:
Dr Victoria Lynn is Director of TarraWarra Museum of Art and the author of three books and over 70 articles and catalogues.
From 2004 – 2012 Victoria was an independent curator. She was the visual arts curator for the Adelaide Festival in 2010 and 2012, where she established and curated theAdelaide International: Apart, we are together(2010) andAdelaide International: Restless(2012).Apart, we are togetherwas a finalist in the ALICE Awards in the category of ‘Biennial’, where it also won the ‘people’s choice’ award. In 2010 Victoria curatedThe Trickster, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea, 2010. In 2009 she was curator ofDouble Take, the Anne Landa Award for Video and New Media Arts, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney. In 2007 she curatedturbulence, 3rd Auckland Triennial; Julie Rrap: Body Double, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney andRegarding Fear and Hopeat Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.