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Julia deVille

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Published: 06.04.2014


A little interview with me about my installation, Degustation, at the National Gallery of Victoria.


Disce Mori by Julia deVille
A profile of provocative Melbourne based jeweler and taxidermist Julia deVille. Incorporating symbols of death, her startling & beautiful work speaks to the potential for life to continue on, even if we don't.


A Dying Art from Suitcase Murphy

Jeweller, taxidermist and provocateur Julia DeVille, talks us through the dying art of taxidermy as she
works on a baby chick that will be part of an artwork called Albumin. Using only animals that have died of natural causes, her work is designed to highlight atrocities against factory farmed animals. Albumin is a small part of Julia's extraordinary exhibition in the National Gallery of Victoria's Melbourne Now exhibition.

 

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Necklace: Pavé Rook, 2009
Silver 925, marcasite, black sapphire
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Necklace: Pavé Rook, 2009
Silver 925, marcasite, black sapphire
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Cufflinks: Finch, 2010
Sterling Silver
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Ring: Bone Ring Victorian, 2011
Gold, White Gold, Sapphire, Diamonds
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Ring: Vault, 2011
White Gold, Black Diamonds
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Ring: Black 2, 2012
White Gold, Black Diamonds, Black Rhodium
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Ring: Bondage Lily, 2011
Silver, Cubic Zirconia
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Ring: Bone, 2011
Silver
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Ring: Castle, 2011
Silver, Black Rhodium, Black Sapphires
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Ring: Deco Ring with Skulls, 2012
White Gold, Black and White Diamonds
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Ring: Double Victorian Solitaire, 2013
Silver, Black Rhodium, Garnet
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Ring: Loyalty, 2013
White Gold, Black Rhodium, Diamonds
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Ring: Victorian Solitaire with Leaves, 2012
White Gold, Old Cut Diamond
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Wrist Piece: Gargoyle, 2012
Silver
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Ring: Disce Mori Ring Poison, 2012
Rose Gold, Tsavorite Garnets
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Ring: Elisabeth Ring Royal, 2012
White Gold, Sapphires, Cognac Diamonds
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Ring: Medieval Engagement, 2012
White Gold, Sapphire, Cognac Diamonds
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Ring: 19th Century, 2012
White Gold, Black Sapphires
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Ring: Midnight, 2012
White Gold, Black Sapphires, Black Diamonds, Star Diopside
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Bracelet: Bone Bracelet Large, 2012
Silver
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Ring: Double Medieval Engagement Ring, 2012
White Gold, Cognac Diamonds
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Ring: Mourning Ring Elisabeth, 2012
White Gold, Sapphires
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Ring: Mourning Ring Royal, 2012
White Gold, Sapphires, Cognac Diamonds
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Ring: My Three Engagements, 2012
White Gold, Cognac Diamonds
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Rings: Collection of rings on deer antler, 2012
Diverse
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Object: INRI, 2012
Parrot, Sapphires, Antique Cross
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Object: Rattus, 2012
Rat, Garnets, Antique Gravy Boat
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Object: Victorian Cat Mummy, 2012
Cat, Glass, Victorian baby boots and cape, Linen, Lace, Silver
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Object: Lamentation, 2012
Lamb, Rubies, Antique Silver Platter
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Object: Élan Vital, 2012
Lamb, Pearls, Rubies, Silver, Diamonds, Glass
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Object: Vanilla, 2012
Chick, Onyx, Antique Ice Cream Scoop
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Object: Genocide, 2012
Finches, Black Diamonds, Silver
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Object: Peter, 2012
Rabbit, Silver, Glass
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Object: Grief, 2012
Lamb, Leather, Victorian Baby Boots, Silver, Glass
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Object: The Sacrifice, 2012
Finch, Black Diamonds, Wedgewood Jug
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Object: Gåteau, 2012
Kitten, Glass, Antique Cake Stand
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Object: Couverts à salade, 2012
Blue-faced Parrot Finches, rose cut black diamonds 0.24ct, Antique Blackington Co sterling silver enamelled salad servers
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Object: Sentience, 2012
Stillborn deer, glass, rubies 18.45ct, pear cut garnet 0.76ct, 18ct white gold chain & wire, sterling silver, bronze, black rhodium, antique Wallace platter
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Object: Consciousness, 2012
Stillborn deer, glass, sterling silver, bronze, gold plate, leather, antique silver plate platter
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Object: Majesty, 2012
Adolescent stag, glass, Yellow Gould, rose cut black diamonds, rubies, seed pearls, uncut diamonds, sterling silver, bronze, gold plate, black rhodium plate, antique bone handled knife & fork, antique silver carving set, enamel paint, antique soup plate, sterling silver salt shaker, beeswax pear candle, antique candleabra, antique farmhouse table
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Brooch: Sparrow, 2009
Silver 925, Sparrow wing
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Earrings: Lily, 2010
White gold, black diamonds, green quartz
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Necklace: Blood Rosary, 2009
Black garnet, silver 925
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Ring: Medieval, 2010
White gold, Old Diamonds
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Ring: Mourning,
White gold, old diamonds
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Piece: Sarcophagus brooch with skeleton bracelet, 2008
Antique Box, 925
Brooch & Bracelet
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Cufflinks: Calvinism, 2008
Silver 925, black rhodium
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Cufflinks: Mouse Links, 2008
Silver 925, black rhodium, diamonds
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Necklace: Pearl Skull Fob, 2009
Akoya pearls, silver 925, black rhodium
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Ring: Nanna's Engagement Ring, 2008
Silver 925, black rhodium, diamonds
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Ring: Alex Louise, 2008
White gold, diamonds
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Ring: Claw, 2009
Silver 925, black sapphire
Julia deVille Julia deVille
Ring: Claw, 2009
Silver 925, black sapphire
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Ring: Prey, 2008
silver 925, black sapphire
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Ring: Royal Skull, 2009
Silver 925, black and white sapphire
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Ring: Emerald City, 2008
White gold, emeralds
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Object: Repositories, 2008
Jarrah, silver 925
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Object: Silver Rook, 2008
Silver 925, rubies
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Object: The Anatomy of a Rabbit, 2008
Silver 925, rubies, rabbit, mahogany
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Brooch: Mechanical Wing,
Kingfisher Wing, silver
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Brooch: Bird Skull, 2004
Bird Skull, cubic zirconia, sterling silver
5 x 2.5 x 3 cm
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Piece: Bird Shoulder Piece,
Starling, Gold Leaf, Sapphires, Leather
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Brooch: Sparrow,
Sparrow, Silver, Gold
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Brooch: Gunclub, 2004
Mouse, diamonds, jet, 9ct gold
3.5 x.2.5 x3 cm
Julia deVille Julia deVille
Brooch: Gunclub, 2004
Mouse, diamonds, jet, 9ct gold
3.5 x.2.5 x3 cm
Back view
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Brooch: Mouse,
Mouse, Emeralds, Silver
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Object: Prey, 2004
Sterling silver, mouse, natural topaz
9 x 4 x 2cm
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Piece: Trophy Mouse,
Mouse, Jet, Gold, Glass
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Brooch: Art Nouveau Skull,
Silver, Velvet, Ivory
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Brooch: Mourning,
Silver, Human Hair, Glass
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Julia deVille
Brooch: Disce Mori, 2006
Jet, 9ct gold, 24ct gold leaf
6 x 4.5 x 1 cm
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Julia deVille
Brooch: Jet mourning, 2004
Jet, 9ct gold
4 x 2 x 2 cm
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Ring: All My Engagements,
Gold, Rubies
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Ring: All My Engagements,
Gold, Rubies
Back view
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Brooch: Bird Claw, 2006
Sterling silver, black rhodium plate, Keshi pearl
9 x 4 x 2 cm
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Brooch: Cross Bones,
Gold, Black Rhodium
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Earrings: Onyx Earring with Hair,
Onyx, Silver, Human Hair

Statement

I am an Australian citizen living in Melbourne, originally from New Zealand and known Nationally and Internationally for my contemporary art and craft practice. My work is highly profiled and recognisable for its distinctive combination of taxidermy and jewellery as well as its strong animal rights themes.

I am fascinated with the aesthetic used to communicate mortality in the Memento Mori period of the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries, as well as the methods the Victorians used to sentimentalise death with adornment.

I work in traditional gold and silversmithing techniques, combined with materials that were once living such as jet, a petrified wood historically used in Victorian Mourning jewellery, human hair and most importantly, taxidermy. I use these materials as a Memento Mori, or reminder of our mortality.

My work ranges from one-off jewellery pieces using taxidermy animals, to taxidermy animal sculptures that are adorned with jewellery materials and techniques.

I incorporate the symbols of death throughout my work because I think it is important to identify with the concept that we are mortal creatures. I believe if we can accept our own mortality, we can in turn appreciate the significance of life.

As a strict vegetarian, I consider my taxidermy to be a celebration of life, a preservation of something beautiful. I feel strongly about the fair and just treatment of animals and to accentuate this point I use only animals that have died of natural causes.

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Julia deVille, Melbourne, Australia.

Collections:
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) | Beason Collectin | National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) | Hobart City Council 

Awards:
2012 City of Hobart Art Prize
2011 Winner of Viewer’s Choice Award Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
2010 Winner of Viewer’s Choice Award Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2012
Sarcophagus, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Nevermore, JamFactory, Adelaide
2010 Night’s Plutonian Shore, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne | Julia deVille, Aesop stores London & Paris
2009 Cineraria, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Ossuarium, Craft Victoria, Melbourne | Prey, Eastern Market, Melbourne | Memento Mori, The Dowse Art Gallery, New Zealand | Élan Vital, e.g.etal galleries, Melbourne
2006 Vivere Disce, Cogita Mori, Fat 3000, GPO, Melbourne | Here I Lie And Wait For Thee, e.g.etal galleries, Melbourne
2005 DISCE MORI, tsubi flagship store, New York | PULUIS ET UMBRA SUMUS, e.g.etal galleries, Melbourne | & Workshop 3000 window, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2013 SOFA, Metalsmith Magazine
2012 Theatre of the World, MONA, Hobart | Unexpected Pleasures, A Design Museum, London touring exhibition
2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor, Gallery Artisan, QLD | Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Finalist & winner of viewer’s choice award, NSW | Lugosi’s Children, Objectspace, Auckland, NZ | Wattle, Australian Contemporary Art, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
2010 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Finalist & winner of viewer’s choice award, NSW
2009 Schmuck 2009, Munich & Melbourne
2008 Just Must, Estonian History Museum, Tannin | Gothic Fashion, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, USA | The New Victorians, Sydney University Art Gallery | Neo Goth, Brisbane University Art Gallery | Art Multiple, Ke Centre for the Contemporary Arts, Shanghai
2007 Jewellery Out of Context, CODA Museum, Netherlands | Romancing The Stone, Manchester Town Hall, Manchester UK | Infinite Empire, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania (CAST)
2006 City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery | PRIMAVERA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney | CICELY & COLIN RIGG CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AWARD, National Gallery of Victoria
2005 Uncanny (the unnaturally strange), Artspace, Auckland, NZ
2004 Continum Sombrous. Gertrude Contemporary Art Space

Presentations:
2013
Lectured at The University of Illinois
2010 NGVWA (NGV Women’s Association)
2009 AgIdeas
2006 Pecha Kucha

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2012 Design Behind Desire, Faramehmedia, 2012
2011 New Rings by Nicolas Estrada, Thames & Hudson | Wattle, Australian Contemporary Art, The Cat Street Gallery
2008 Just Must, Arnoldsche Art Publications | Bijoux. Illustration et Design, Maomao Publications
2006 New Directions In Jewellery 2, Black Dog Publishing | Handmade in Melbourne, Geoff Slattery Publishing | The Melbourne Design Guide Lab 3000

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