Julie Williams The Tears
7 Weeks 7 Artists Barometer Gallery 2016
Photomedia Series 8 photographs & 1 Video
The Tears examines our spiritual homelessness as human beings disconnected from the land. The imagery assembles rocks, flowing river water and myself - the artist in her bed. The site of the waterhole is infused and disturbed by rumination and psychological discomfort with the exploring figure traversing the layered landscape. The subconscious and the conscious visually meld and familiar objects in the artist's bedroom become symbols of the struggle of connection with the natural world.
In the ancient granite of the waterhole there is a natural formation of a pothole in the smooth polished surface. This well offers a point of departure into the landscape. Created over aeons it was formed by the cyclic movement of water and rock grinding the perfect formation into the granite. It is said that “the rivers are the veins of the earth . . . the water is the blood of the earth . . . some would call them tears of the earth”.
The Tears video was a finalist in
2016 Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown NSW