Julia deVille 5.

25 September – 12 October 2019

Julia deVille Something wicked this way comes, 2018
$108,000 incl. GST

Julia deVille Something wicked this way comes, 2018, adolescent zebra, interference, black diamonds 6.4ct, uncut diamonds 75ct, cultured pearls, sterling silver, 18ct white gold, white rhodium, black rhodium, bronze, silver nitrate, 212 x 142 x 54 cm, $108,000 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Majesty, 2012
$33,000 incl. GST

Julia deVille Majesty, 2012, Spiky (adolescent stag), sovereignty, glass, rubies 2.66ct, seed pearls, uncut diamonds, sterling silver, bronze, gold plate, black rhodium plate, antique Reed & Barton sterling silver carving set, enamel paint, glass case, 92 x 126 x 66 cm, $33,000 incl. GST

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Julia deVille The folly of the second law of thermodynamics, 2018
$33,000 incl. GST

Julia deVille The folly of the second law of thermodynamics, 2018, fox, antientropy, sterling silver, gold plate, 18ct gold, 9ct gold, rose cut champagne diamonds 3.33ct, champagne diamond beads 20ct, chainmail, feathers, satin ribbon, walnut, glass, 70 x 111 x 15 cm, $33,000 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Kitten drawn hearse, 2013
$19,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Kitten drawn hearse, 2013, kitten, black garnet beads, sterling silver, pear-shaped sapphire, egret feathers, wood, glass, 32 x 44 x 100 cm, $19,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille In the night I wake and feel like I'm dying, 2018
$19,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille In the night I wake and feel like I'm dying, 2018, stillborn lion cub, courage, rubies 3ct, uncut diamonds 0.60ct, antique cot, velvet, satin, 99 x 114 x 57 cm, $19,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Purring cars and pouring rain, 2018
$15,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Purring cars and pouring rain, 2018, kitten, whimsy, sterling silver, black garnet beads, mystic spinel, pear cut black sapphire 1.13ct, egret feathers, wood, leather, glass, 29 x 63 x 20 cm, $15,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Lamentation, 2012
$13,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Lamentation, 2012, lamb, glass, rubies 0.45ct, uncut diamonds 2ct, sterling silver, gold plate, silver plate platter, enamel paint, 76 x 46 x 9 cm , $13,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Nevermore, 2010
$11,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Nevermore, 2010, stillborn fawn, black garnet beads, sterling silver, coque feathers, chain mail, glass, glass case, 27 x 41 x 59 cm , $11,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Dark Heart Mobile, 2014
$9,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Dark Heart Mobile, 2014, starling, my pulse, onyx, freeze-dried hearts, sterling silver, pearls, oak branches, quail eggs, uncut diamonds, 40 x 60 x 25 cm , $9,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille La catastrophe, 2018
$9,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille La catastrophe, 2018, stillborn lion cub, gallantry, Akoya pearl, glass, wood, 6 x 48 x 30 cm, $9,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Interference pattern, 2018
$9,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Interference pattern, 2018, carving by Joe Sheehan, marble, amorreha, rubies 2.01ct, 4 x 30 x 21 cm, $9,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Some animals are more equal than others, 2013
$8,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Some animals are more equal than others, 2013, piglet, antique scales, antique lace, black spinel, uncut diamonds, bronze, 35 x 40 x 40 cm, $8,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Familiar, 2014
$8,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Familiar, 2014, black cat, garmonbozia, uncut diamonds 4ct, black sapphire 1.23ct, sterling silver, black rhodium, glass, walnut, glass case, 58 x 66 x 18 cm , $8,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Jesus Ispariot, 2018
$7,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Jesus Ispariot, 2018, parrot, thirty pieces of silver, rose cut black diamond 0.65ct, resin, wood, glass, 58 x 42 x 14 cm, $7,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Brown caviar, 2014
$6,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Brown caviar, 2014, baby rabbit, a four-beat gate, leather, hematite, mystic spinel, smoky quartz, sterling silver, gold plate, egret feathers, 33 x 20 9 cm, $6,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Mishicanca, 2012
$6,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Mishicanca, 2012, kitten, copper pot, black sapphires 20.24ct, 17 x 33 x 18 cm , $6,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Sycophantom, 2018
$7,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Sycophantom, 2018, cat, autoimmunity, sterling silver, black rhodium, black diamonds, marcasite, glass, walnut, 62 x 65 x 20 cm , $7,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Lordosis, 2018
$7,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Lordosis, 2018, rat, Yersinia pestis, rose cut black diamonds 1.10ct, freshwater pearls, 18ct white gold, sterling silver, antique soup spoon, wood, glass, 40 x 30 x 23 cm, $7,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Cornflower, 2014
$7,700 incl. GST

Julia deVille Cornflower, 2014, stillborn puppy, unrequited life, antique platter, sterling silver, glass case, 15 x 37 x 43 cm, $7,700 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Orpheus, 2014
$5,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Orpheus, 2014, rat, resonance, hematite, uncut diamonds, sterling silver, mystic spinel, egret feathers, leather, 18 x 15 x 10 cm , $5,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Persian cat rug, 2018
$5,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Persian cat rug, 2018, cat, synaesthesia, uncut diamond granules 30ct, rubber, glass, 8 x 114 x 74 cm , $5,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Caesar, 2014
$5,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Caesar, 2014, stillborn kitten, an incision in the abdomen, antique sterling silver & ivory chariot, rose cut black diamonds 0.80ct, uncut diamonds, glass case, 14 x 10 x 15 cm , $5,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Capitulate and fade, 2014
$5,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Capitulate and fade, 2014, stillborn puppy, antique sterling silver goblet, rose cut black diamond 1.04ct , 17 x 16 x 16 cm, $5,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille The freeing of a life form from the dark chrysalis of matter, 2018
$5,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille The freeing of a life form from the dark chrysalis of matter, 2018, fox, sadness, Akoya pearl, rubber, glass, 13 x 110 x 75 cm, $5,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille The sword of Damocles, 2008
$4,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille The sword of Damocles, 2008, human skull, sterling silver, glitter, base metal, 30 x 13 x 20 cm, $4,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Neapolitan Bonbonaparte, 2013
$4,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Neapolitan Bonbonaparte, 2013, chicks, onyx, antique silver spoon, 10 x 28 x 11 cm, $4,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Your funeral, my trial, 2015
$4,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Your funeral, my trial, 2015, sparrow, folklore, black diamonds 0.63ct, antique glue chipped glass jewel box, glass case, 30 x 19 x 16 cm, $4,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Neophobia, 2014
$4,400 incl. GST

Julia deVille Neophobia, 2014, rat, a diaphragmatic breath, antique plate, rose cut black diamond 0.35ct, antique Victorian lace, glass case, 40 x 40 x 14 cm , $4,400 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, 2012
$3,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, 2012, diamond fire tail finch, bronze, black rhodium plate, rose cut black diamonds 0.16ct, rubies, 11.5 x 10.5 x 6 cm, $3,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Phantasmagoria, 2014
$3,500 incl. GST

Julia deVille Phantasmagoria, 2014, white and brown rat, 2.01ct black spinel, uncut diamond granules, antique lace, wood, glass, 46 x 22 x 15 cm, $3,500 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Mini Antoinette, 2015
$3,500 incl. GST

Julia deVille Mini Antoinette, 2015, mouse, a sharpened guillotine, black diamonds 0.31ct, antique French jewel box, glass case, 22 x 20 x 16 cm, $3,500 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Eggnog, 2013
$3,500 incl. GST

Julia deVille Eggnog, 2013, chicks, onyx, Wedgwood black basalt jug, glass, wood, 11 x 13 x 10 cm, $3,500 incl. GST

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Julia deVille As Venus passes between the sun and earth, 2012
$3,500 incl. GST

Julia deVille As Venus passes between the sun and earth, 2012, cat, glass, antique chauffe plat, 31 x 49 x 36 cm, $3,500 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Mouse party, 2013
$3,500 incl. GST

Julia deVille Mouse party, 2013, mice, black diamonds, antique sterling silver Tiffany goblet, 16 x 15 x 15 cm, $3,500 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Feed, 2014
$3,500 incl. GST

Julia deVille Feed, 2014, two mice, black diamonds 0.18ct, antique spoon, glass case, 14 x 30 x 20 cm, $3,500 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Camellia Sinensis, 2012
$3,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Camellia Sinensis, 2012, red-browed finch, rose cut black diamonds 0.16ct, antique teapot, 20 x 11 x 14 cm, $3,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Liberty, 2012
$3,400 incl. GST

Julia deVille Liberty, 2012, finch, dominion, metal cloche, rose cut black diamonds 0.16ct, 21 x 21 x 27 cm, $3,400 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Ruby heart starling, 2008
$2,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Ruby heart starling, 2008, starling, sterling silver, black rhodium & gold plate, rubies, antique frame, 30 x 35 x 18 cm, $2,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Daisy, 2014
$2,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Daisy, 2014, chick, alter ego, onyx, antique jewellery box, 10 x 9 x 5 cm, $2,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille A la Vanille, 2013
$2,500 incl. GST

Julia deVille A la Vanille, 2013, two chicks, onyx, antique ice cream scoop, 7 x 28 x 8 cm, $2,500 incl. GST

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Julia deVille French vanilla, 2013
$1,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille French vanilla, 2013, chick, onyx, antique ice cream scoop, 8 x 28 x 6 cm, $1,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Leporidae mount, 2009
$1,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Leporidae mount, 2009, rabbit head, garnets (eyes), black garnet, sterling silver, 6000-year-old petrified wood, 17 x 11 x 7 cm, $1,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Black beauty, 2008
$1,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Black beauty, 2008, horse skull, flocking, 47 x 35 x 25 cm, $1,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Venereum vitae, 2018, and Orchidectomy, 2018, installation view
$1,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Venereum vitae, 2018, and Orchidectomy, 2018, Venereum vitae: cotton, extravasate, glitter, paint, glue, ex-husbands wedding cufflinks (blackened sterling silver), Orchidectomy: four pairs of knickers, cotton, fear, embroidery by Adipocere (Josh Weatherlake) , installation view, $1,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Absconditus corvus frugilegus, 2009
$900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Absconditus corvus frugilegus, 2009, jarrah, sterling silver, black garnets, cotton, amethyst, 28 x 10 x 10 cm, $900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Learning how to survive infinity: Hologram of Rocking Alpaca, 2018, edition 2 of 5
$9,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Learning how to survive infinity: Hologram of Rocking Alpaca, 2018, holographic film, dark matter, plexiglass, mirror, resin, LED, hologram printed by Holographics North, frame by Kate Rohde, 62 x 74 cm, edition 2 of 5, $9,900 incl. GST

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Julia deVille Plenum I: Hologram of Sarcophagus Brooch with Skeleton Bracelet, 2018
$4,900 incl. GST

Julia deVille Plenum I: Hologram of Sarcophagus Brooch with Skeleton Bracelet, 2018, holographic film, photons, glass, wood, LED, 34 x 14.5 x 15 cm, $4,900 incl. GST

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Adam Wallacavage Purple chandelier
$8,700 incl. GST

Adam Wallacavage Purple chandelier, lamp parts, felt, epoxy clay, spray paint, acrylic paint, epoxy resin, 76 x 56 x 56 cm, $8,700 incl. GST

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Adam Wallacavage Yellow/lime chandelier
$7,300 incl. GST

Adam Wallacavage Yellow/lime chandelier, lamp parts, felt, epoxy clay, spray paint, acrylic paint, epoxy resin, 66 x 56 x 56 cm, $7,300 incl. GST

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NOTHING OF IT LIVES (EXCEPT MY EYE) [AND YOURS]

 

‘There is blood and life beneath skin that is made of paint’, ‘earth and epoch beneath marks that are grass covered landscapes’, ‘blood coursing through the veins of sheep and men’, ‘there is pain and joy, there is sleep and savannah, there is muscle and bone beneath flesh that is made only of memory’, ‘ there is a wind, that fell away four hundred years ago still rushing through flowers that are pigment alone’ – these are notes I made in the gallery in Florence. The final line: ‘nothing of it lives (except my eye)’.

 

MARK. CLEAVE. BRUTE. POLISH. AWE.

 

CLEAVE/GRAVITY.

 

MAN IS A BUBBLE, from the Latin proverb, HOMO BULLA EST, can be traced back in proverbial usage to the first century BC. However, the maxim which declares the brevity of life, gained in popularity and usage during the moralistic sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with the rise and popularity of Dutch Vanitas painting. Vanitas paintings utilised symbolic links to quotidian ephemera to create elaborate compositions around the notion of transience, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. Most popular amongst the symbols were skulls (of the certainty of death), rotten fruit (of decay), smoke (of the ephemeral), watches (of time) and to a lesser degree, flowers (of decay and the futility of beauty), bubbles (of transience) and ribbons (of futility and the vanity of wealth) [adolescent zebra, interference, black diamonds, uncut diamond, cultured pearls, sterling silver, white gold, white rhodium, black rhodium, bronze, silver nitrate, stillborn lion cub, courage, rubies, uncut diamonds, antique cot, velvet, satin, fox, anti entropy, gold plate, gold, rose cut champagne diamonds, champagne diamond beads, chainmail, feathers, satin ribbon, walnut, glass, parrot, resin, wood, glass, rat, yersinia pestis, freshwater pearls, antique soup spoon].

 

The effect of chiaroscuro (of darkness and light) was perfected during the Italian (High) Renaissance (considered to be the zenith of Western painting). Over many centuries the Florentine painters utilised allegorical symbolism (e.g. flowers) across their religious and domestic works. Movement and stasis in art is considered to have been perfected at this time, in this region, by these Masters: Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci. From da Vinci, I borrowed GEOMETRY in the form of forged metal. From Raphael, I borrowed the notion of his final work (that he worked on until his death) TRANSFIGURATION, an astonishing allegory on the nature of transformation and from Michelangelo, his TERRIBILITÀ – the ability to instil a sense of awe – or at least the ambition of it.

 

 

BRUTE/GRACE

 

 

We must be light because we make work in their shadow. Thirty years after my father died, an occasion that I have come to view as my first, punctuating witness of transition (from living to dead) I made work in Florence – the earthly home of chiaroscuro. I have come to identify my obsession with nature and her essential grace as a result of this formative and determining experience. Further, and also I believe resultantly, I have in the course of my personal life been drawn to succour two souls transitioning their gender – ‘drawn’ by a profound affection and the inexplicable tangibility (to my eyes alone) of their male, ‘spirit’, despite their both being born in female form. My ‘seeing’ them, respectively, somehow seemed to endorse the legitimacy of their maleness, in all the ways, across time and space. My fathers, ‘transition’, had culminated in the loss of his body and a brutal, ceaseless grief followed. The ‘transition’ of the second soul seemed contingent on ‘our’ parting and a vast, black grief followed. The third, accompanied me to make my work abroad as he had done many times before, but this time it was Florence and we were to make a work on transition…

 

For three weeks we slept opposite each other in simple, smaller-than-single beds in a dark, ancient and religious room. In the day we went about sourcing materials and constructing the work. In that room and on those three weeks of days and nights, it was impossible to avoid the grief, perhaps sleep would have allowed respite, but for a lot of the time jetlag only served to intensify the silence around it. I was unable to lock the door and sob. I was unable to rest. For the sake of the work I had to remain whole, I couldn’t shatter (as I had done on the first two rounds). The grief was pure gravity and I could do nothing but experience its bulk.

 

But there are two things that make up transition and they are gravity and grace.

 

‘We’ had tied 1000 bows (of futility) and I knew them to be prayers: attention, repetition and petition. ‘We’ had visited farms and orchards and he had cut branches for me (once more) in teeming rain. ‘We’ had seen chestnuts so astonishing that no man can expect to see their like twice in one lifetime, we had composed the gnarliest branches of persimmon ever gifted the empire which I understood to be the true ‘apple’ of the bible’s first woman. ‘We’ had made a work on transition, ‘we’ had ensured a souls transition, ‘we’ had each become sovereign once more… but this time, rather than grief, it was a vast grace that followed.

 

A publication recently asked me to write on the soul which I thought astute because I see them so clearly but am essentially blind to bodies. I think deVille is the same way – in the dullness of a stone she sees refracted, brilliant light, in the noiseless remains of an infant lion cub she sees a curled soul taking in the ancient sun. In the empty bulk of an adolescent zebra she sees a being that has danced through the history of man as his unicorn. In metal she sees a ring that might bind two souls for a lifetime and slide on and off the fingers and loves of their progeny for countless generations.

 

We two sculpt the living and the dead, we make marks in darkness and light, movement and stasis, the sacred and the profane. We two animate yesterday’s ‘flowers’, we shape them until they seem to live again. Our respective mediums metaphor obedience to and accord with nature, they epitomize the experience of living (and dying), they demonstrate the deepest philosophical concerns of man and they emerge and surround us, mysteriously from above and below the surface of the entire earth. Embedded within the hollowing, intersecting, cathedral of lines that make up life and its contingent other, death there is gravity and there is grace.

 

 

Dr Lisa Cooper

 

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