10 March, 2006

julie rraps pearl beach

article - the age

The pale, puffy torso is washed up on shore with the waves rolling and frothing behind. The sky looks cloudy, the sand wet and the sea cold - it is plainly not a great beach day. It is interesting, then, that at least one person has described this digital print by Julie Rrap as a contemporary take on Max Dupain's Sunbaker, a photograph that dates from an indisputably glorious beach day in 1937.

In Dupain's shot, the body is brown, muscular and sun-drenched. But in Rrap's Pearl John, the form is soft and fleshy and verging on the grotesque, wrapped as it is around a rock. Skin merges into seascape.


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