Julia Trybala (b. 1992, Australia) explores the physicality of the body, with a focus on the politics of the feminine body and experience. In her carefully composed paintings, closely cropped, ambiguous body parts are entangled across the canvas; fleshy female planes contort and push to the edge of the canvas. Trybala’s moody paintings investigate the politics of taking up space: what it means to paint a woman so dominant she must be folded into the canvas, contorted to fit within the frame. She will present a large painting exploring notions of female intimacy, ritual, reverence, memory and desire. Paintings contain imagery of hands, feet, ears, breasts and bellies; bodies that are entangled, holding, hugging, caressing, nurturing and clinging to each other. Bringing to mind the wild beauty of Georgia O’Keeffe’s mountain ranges and sculpted floral forms, the paint, luscious like velvet and soft like terracotta clay, slowly flows across the canvas, longing for affection.
Trybala graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art, from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in 2016. She currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.