• arts & culture

16 June 2016

Melbourne-based artist Julia de Ville was last week awarded $30,000 when she won the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize through the South Australian (SA) Museum.

Three chicks in a spoon

Neapolitan Bonbonaparte (2016), Julia de Ville.

Julia's winning entry, Neapolitan Bonbonaparte, is a taxidermy sculpture featuring three chicks representing Neapolitan ice-cream, positioned in a silver spoon.

Intended to encourage debate about factory-farmed eggs, the work was one of 51 finalists in the competition, which received over 672 entries for its Emerging Artist and Open categories.

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize pays tribute to the SA Museum's inaugural curator, Frederick George Waterhouse. Offered on a biennial basis, the prize enables artists to take inspiration from natural science and provide commentary on the scientific and environmental challenges facing the earth.

Well-known for her work across taxidermy and jewellery-making, Julia's art features a strong focus on mortality and memento mori  rituals from the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries.  

Her work was featured in the NGV's group exhibition Melbourne Now (2013). She was also part of the group show Dark Heart at the Art Gallery of South Australia, as part of the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.

Julia recently received funding through Creative Victoria in the latest round of our Vic Arts Grants program. The funding will enable her to develop and present a new solo exhibition drawing on renaissance, baroque and Victorian art to produce contemporary sculptural and holographic works.

The finalists' artwork in the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Prize is on display at the SA Museum until 31 July 2016.

Read more about the prize