Julia Robinson — The Sound of the Beast


Julia Robinson, Untitled (3), 2009- 2010, flywire, fibreglass, fabric, fixings, thread, cardboard, plaster, timber

Julia Robinson, Untitled (3), 2009- 2010, flywire, fibreglass, fabric, fixings, thread, cardboard, plaster, timber

Julia Robinson’s most recent sculptural series unites alluring beauty with the grotesque in an exhibition that has more obscure and far-reaching origins than her earlier work. Gathering inspiration from sources as varied as biblical texts, mythological stories of beasts and medieval drawings of crocodiles, Robinson reassembles this intricate repertoire of motifs into a series of comically absurd creatures who twist and turn, spout multiple heads and morph into forms beyond their normal limitations.

The Sound of the Beast continues Robinson’s long-term fascination with the goat as ‘a vehicle for the Devil’ and indulges in the abject, the lewd and the lustful, without the heavier overtones of her previous work. Here, her goat-like creations are sites for playful manipulation, infused with an array of mythological allusions and yet somehow more closely observed from life, compellingly and unnervingly familiar.