Justene Williams is an Australian artist whose large-scale installation works encompass video, photography, sculpture and performance. Williams' practice often draws on still and moving images from within art history and popular culture as a tool for investigating and renegotiating the essence of forgotten imagery. From these investigations, Williams constructs elaborate sets and costumes made from collaged medias (varieties of refuse materials, her personal archive of photographs, or the annals of Art and Film history) as sites for her delirious choreographies. In these multifaceted and spectacular environments Williams performs hypnotic and absurd actions in an attempt to reconstruct and explore ideas of perception and reinterpretation, sometimes even to invoke the ghosts of artists past.
Williams’ video and performance work has recently shown at PERFORMA15, New York, the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Artspace Sydney, and Monash University Art Museum, Melbourne, and in recent years at the Art Gallery of NSW in We Used to Talk About Love – Balnaves Contemporary 2013, in Volume One: MCA Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 2012; and Contemporary Australia: WOMEN at the Gallery of Modern Art/Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane 2012.
Your Boat My Scenic Personality of Space 2012 (stills from video)
2 channel HD video installation
Installed dimensions variable
Commissioned by GoMA for Contemporary Australia: Women 2012
All images courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney