Julia Davis is a Sydney based artist who works with a wide range of materials and processes to explore sculpture drawing and video. Her installations are often site- specific and her work has been installed in salt lakes, deserts, coastal precincts and parklands, as well as within galleries and the built environment.
Recent exhibitions include Oceans From Here, ACP Gallery Sydney 2018, These Waters Have Stories To Tell, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Wales 2016; Over View– International Festival of Video Art (represented by Dlux Media Arts, International Tour) 2014/15, Spaced: Art Out of Place, IASKA Biennale (National Tour) 2012-14; Drawing Lines in the Sand, Cockatoo Island, Sydney 2012. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Copyright Agency CREATE Grant (for the project WAITING in collaboration with artist Lisa Jones 2018) and also more recently in collaboration with Lisa Jones, the Onslow Storrier Residency, Paris (The National Art School 2020). Other awards include an Australia Council residency in Rome (2013) and the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Prize (2007). Her work is represented in many private and public collections in Australia and Europe. Major commissions include a large public artwork for Sydney Water headquarters in 2009. Davis is currently a sessional lecturer in the sculpture department at the National Art School Sydney. She received a Dip FA at Prahran College of Fine Art in Melbourne before completing an MVA from Sydney College of the Arts in 2016.
Julia Davis also has a collaborative practice with Lisa Jones. They work together on projects that utilise video and drawing to reveal the intangible aspects of urban space. Thresholds – a chorus explores the hidden underground spaces that exist in Sydney and examines the poetic and atmospheric contrasts of the upper city and what lies below. This project has been funded by a grant from The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and supported by Sydney Trains. The project is comprised of large scale drawings and immersive video and sound, all captured onsite. The drawings are created through the submersion of the paper in the underground tunnels to capture the materiality of time and place.
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