“Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?”
The more of the world I visit the more I want to visit. The addiction to the inexplicable and unplanned moments of travel pushes against the desire to fully be somewhere. The condition of the traveller is a channel flipper. Being a visitor is a ticket to oblivion, not a care in the world, auto-pilot, sensory overload, input without responsibility. Eventually, however, the return home comes, memory laden, somewhat confused, ungrounded. How to process the voyeuristic privilege, how to make sense of the gift?
Julie Gough is an artist, freelance curator and writer who lives in Hobart. Her research and art practice often involves uncovering and re-presenting conflicting and subsumed histories, many referring to her own and her family’s experiences as Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Current work in installation, sound and video provides the means to explore ephemerality, absence and recurrence. Since 1994 Gough has exhibited in more than 120 exhibitions including the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013; undisclosed, National Gallery of Australia, 2012; Deadly – In-between Heaven and Hell, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, 2012; Clemenger Award, NGV, 2010; Biennial of Sydney, 2006; Liverpool Biennial, UK, 1999; Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1995. Gough curated TESTING GROUND (2013), Tayenebe: Tasmanian Aboriginal women’s Fibrework, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the National Museum of Australia (2009 – toured to 2012), The Haunted and the Bad, Linden – St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts (2008), and was on the curatorial team for INSIDE: Life in Children’s Homes, National Museum of Australia (2011). A former curator of Indigenous art at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Gough holds a PhD and BA Hons in Visual Arts from the University of Tasmania, a Master’s degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London, BA (Visual Arts) Curtin University, BA (Prehistory/ English Literature) from the University of West Australia. Her work is represented in many Australian art collections including NGA, NGV, AGNSW, AGSA, AGWA and NMA. Julie is represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart.