Digital / Light / Sound
Installation / Land / Site-specific
Julie Brixey-Williams (b.1961 in Essex, UK) is a multi-disciplinary artist who completed her PhD in 2022 at the University of Reading, exploring material relationality with place, using systems operating in R.D Laing’s Archway communities. She has been the recipient of several residencies including a Leverhulme-funded residency at the Association of Anaesthetists of GB & Ireland, Cil Rialaig, Cove Park, and The Observatory. Selected exhibitions include The Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Show, London (2018, 2020, 2022); Essential Travel Royal Academy of Scotland (2021); The Royal Academy Summer Show, London (2019); Past & Present Tense, St Pancras Crypt, London (2019); Vienna Calling, Galerie Art Pool, Vienna (2018); ANTI Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland (2018); Prescriptions: Artists' Books, University of Kent (2017); Play, Hin Bus Depot, Penang (2017); Love and Peace, National Art Centre, Tokyo (2017); Prescriptions, Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury (2016); Disco, Michael West Gallery Newport (2003) and the dance-drawing commission, Arabesque, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2002). Works held in collections include The Yale Center of British Art, Tate Gallery Artists’ Publication archive, The AAGBI, and the University of Kent.
I am a cross-disciplinary artist whose work sits in the space between sculpture and performance, with an interest in how this space is activated by movement to create a conversation between the body, the objects within it and importantly the place. From this starting point, I explore the body’s dialogue with architecture and site, through performative intervention, calligraphic gesture and sculptural inscription. I layer and construct, happily lost in the gap between disciplines, often poaching and re-contextualizing approaches from a variety of practices, in order to re-site them into another one sphere: a tactic of investigation I term, “misreading”. Adopting this interactive, playful, somewhat subversive approach opens the doors of possibility and a source of new material forms.
Alongside my personal practice, I work collaboratively with Dr. Libby Worth and the multi–disciplinary collective point and place. These relationships have generated a variety of pieces including a dance-for camera film Passing Between Folds (www.fold-dance.weebly.com); a double-bound bookwork (winner Birgit Skiold Award 2007 London Book Art Fair) and a hexagon game for creative interaction.
Julie Brixey-Williams MRSS