Julia Robinson — Slumber or Perish


Julia Robinson, Bury it , 2010–11, fabric, thread, bedhead, plaster, foam, fibreglass, timber, fixings, approx 100 x 100 x 95cm

Julia Robinson, Bury it , 2010–11, fabric, thread, bedhead, plaster, foam, fibreglass, timber, fixings, approx 100 x 100 x 95cm

Reflecting her fascination with death and the uncanny, Julia Robinson’s new exhibition is inspired by the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Severed limbs protrude from domestic objects and nearby walls. A giant dislocated tooth envelops a chair while dismembered arms reach out pleadingly from a wooden double bedhead. However, her dark subject matter is tempered with delicate needlework using traditional fabrics and quilting techniques that imply a labour of love and devotion. Although they are based on horrifically violent tales, the works in Robinson’s exhibition are ultimately beautiful and moving beyond their content; her finely crafted objects reflecting a playful and intricate creative process.