JULIA DEVILLE WINS WOOLLAHRA PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Julia deVille wins Woollahra people's choice - Art Collector
|Julia deVille, Ego Verto. Rabbit, peridots, chrome tourmalines, saphires, glass, wood, peacock features, 30 x 30 x 30cm. Courtesy: the artist an Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne|
|15 November 2010 | Julia deVille has won the $1,000 viewer’s choice award in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Her work, Ego Verto, combines a taxidermy rabbit with gems and peacock feathers. |
DeVille, who is careful to point out that she only uses animals that have died of natural causes, says the use of taxidermy in her work is a “celebration of life”.
“I work predominantly in traditional gold and silversmith techniques, combined with taxidermy,” she explains. “I use these materials as a memento mori, or reminder of mortality, because I think it is important to identify with the concept that we are in fact mortal. I consider my taxidermy to be … a preservation of something beautiful.”
The main $10,000 acquisitive prize went to Archie Moore for a small paper work referencing the introduction of Christianity into Aboriginal culture.