We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.





Justene Williams


1970 –

Alternate image of Insight by Justene Williams
Alternate image of Insight by Justene Williams
Alternate image of Insight by Justene Williams
  • Details

    Media categories
    Sculpture , Installation
    Materials used
    fibreglass mannequins, acrylic, plastic VR mask, LED tube lights, rubber glove
    2 units, overall dimensions 110.0 x 345.0 x 215.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2019
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Justene Williams

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Justene Williams

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • Project dead empathy, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Paddington, 10 Nov 2018–15 Dec 2018

    • Here we are, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Aug 2019–13 Oct 2019

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

Other works by Justene Williams

See all 11 works