A multidisciplinary artist, Julia Higgs' practice is centred around performance art, drawing and performative drawing. For more than a decade, Higgs has worked across a range of media including sculpture, drawing, printmaking and installation, gaining multidisciplinary skills through completion of a Master of Visual Arts and undertaking artistic residencies locally and internationally. Higgs has exhibited widely in multiple solo and group exhibitions, facilitated workshops, created public performance works, and been part of festival and grant opportunities creating new work and engaging local communities.
Higgs deploys both traditional and contemporary drawing techniques and processes that incorporate the body, printmaking and drawing, and continues to expand her practice through working in different environments while creating networks and collaborating. Performative drawing is a newer form of art expression that Higgs completely immersed herself in as Artist in Residence at 2019 Draw to Perform in the United Kingdom. Performative drawing involves engaging with situation, gesture, the body and movement – using action to create a final result through a temporal live event – and is concerned with process in order to create new dynamics through drawing.
Having recently relocated to Gladstone on the lands of the Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng and Taribelang Bunda People, Higgs works at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum where she enjoys experiencing the art, culture, and history of the area. Calling Central Queensland home generates new narratives in her practice as she responds to the region and connects herself and body to the area through art.
Read Higgs' essay(PDF, 772KB) reflecting on her residency in the Collection Study Room at Rockhampton Museum of Art.
Listen to Higgs' podcast conversation reflecting on her residency on Behind the Art, RMOA's podcast.
Image: Julia Higgs creating work in response to works in the Collection Study Room during her artistic residency.
This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance.