2 / 12 / 2013
DEGUSTATION AT THE NGV
A short film focussing on Julia deVille's 'Degustation' installation, part of Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2013.
A Long Walk Films production
Directed by Tom Broadhurst
Camera operator, Daniel De Silva
1 / 10 / 2008
INFRAME TV - INTERVIEW WITH JdV
Julia deVille is a jeweller and taxidermist whose work celebrates death through adornment. Combining traditional gold and silversmithing techniques with a talent for taxidermy, her works celebrate the material realities of the natural world.
Much of her work puts a modern twist on the Memento Mori (remember you must die) jewellery that became fashionable in the post-plague Europe of the 1600s. She also employs symbols of mourning, using materials like Jet, a petrified wood popularised by Queen Victoria after the death of her consort in 1861.
Julia has grouped her practices under the banner Disce Mori (learn to die), indicating her conscientious exploration of the visual language of death. As a vegetarian and animal rights advocate, deVille has considered the ethics of animal preservation and exhibition. She’s even planning to put herself in their position, agreeing to donate her body to Gunther von Hagen’s Institute of Plastination after her death.