Latex, also known as rubber, is a natural material with a myriad of uses. An affair is an event or a passionate relationship: it may inspire, elate, consume or transform. This selection of sculptural and visual works explores the evolution of emerging artist, Julia Knight’s affair with that most seductive material: Latex.
As with any long term affair both the basis and form has shifted over time. Julia’s original interest in latex was purely as a casting mechanism, a tool to be used in the creation of works from respectable materials such as clay and resin. She was soon seduced though by the tactile qualities and visual complexity of latex itself.
A latex window created to provide a veiled reference to the power of the moon becomes the star of a journey of transformation as the rigid window evolves through the video work Should I cast my Dreams upon the Sea. The cast of a bushfire damaged chair becomes a poetic memorial to child’s play in Chrysalis. Latex has a wonderful organic nature and becomes a second skin… sometimes it is shed as in Tegument, other times it restores a form to a semblance of how it may have been as in Trophy.
Julia Knight works with latex because she enjoys its tactile nature, the way the materiality develops with each new layer and the joy of the reveal when a cast is ‘pulled’. The latex reflects the outer form of the object but also reveals something of the inner nature. These works are designed to arouse curiosity and the desire to touch, with a bit of whimsy; to encourage the viewer to have a deeper look at the world around.
Salamanca Arts Centre
Level 2 / 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart
Saturday 5 – Thursday 31 December 2015
Monday – Friday 9:00am, – 5:00pm / Saturday 5, 12 & 19 December 2015 11:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 5 December 2015 @ 5:00pm
Exhibition to be opened by Barry Bothways
ARTIST TALK & ENGAGEMENT:
Saturday 12 December 2015, 11:00am – 3:00pm
The artist will be in the gallery to discuss the evolution of the works and to engage with select elements.
Image Credits: Julia Knight