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.
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.
Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2019
Not on display
© Justene Williams
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 2 publications
Rebecca Gallo., www.artguide.com.au, 'Preview', Australia, 15 Nov 2018, n.pag.. <https://artguide.com.au/justene-williams-project-dead-empathy> accessed 25 Mar 2019
Sarah Cottier Gallery, Justene Williams: Project dead empathy, Paddington, 2018, n.pag.. cat.no. 9