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.

Jane O'Sullivan

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