ADELAIDE BIENNIAL OF AUSTRALIAN ART: DARK HEART
Informed by superstition and folklore, Julia Robinson’s installation transforms the Gallery’s Studio activity space into a type of imagined lair. Contained within its walls, Robinson’s meticulously-crafted sculptural forms serve as amulets. Imbued with protective energy, they warn of imminent danger, warding off evil and its attendant omens and curses.
Robinson’s work stems from an enduring fascination with the varied emotional responses to mortality and death, including fear, faith and religion. Her installation for the Biennial is devoted to superstitions associated with the domestic realm; brooms which will never sweep, trousers destined never to be worn, and a hearth incapable of warming portend a darker and unsettling meaning.