Excrement/Gold; Morrison, Julia; 1998; 98/61.1-2



About this object

Julia Morison’s work examines the ideal and base sides of humanity by exploring the sacred and profane associations of materials. The use of excrement symbolises the artistic process of digesting signs and symbols and channelling them through the artist’s own experience. Throughout her work Morison shows a deep interest in early religious belief systems, such as the Kabbalistic Sephiroth, combining them with contemporary issues. In putting together excrement and gold, her work also shows a commitment to Modernist, non-hierarchical principles. Born in Pahiatua, Morison studied at the Wellington Polytechnic, then at the University of Canterbury, graduating in 1975. She has exhibited nationally since then and has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships. These include the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship (1988) and the prestigious New Zealand Moët et Chandon Fellowship (1990) which allowed her to travel to France to take up a year’s residency. Morison is currently Senior Lecturer in Painting at the University of Canterbury.


Morrison, Julia

Date Made


Credit Line

Collection Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; purchased, 1998

Object Type

Excrement and gold leaf

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Helen Brook 19 Oct 2009 02:08 AM,UTC

hi julia,
i am at Art School in Dunedin, and am using gold leaf, so it was suggested that I LOOK AT your work I like your analogy, and i am possibly interested in the older religious aspect of life as it were too, anyway cheers Helen


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