Join artist Justin Shoulder as he shares insight into his internationally renowned creative practice, exploring cultural influences, queer spectacle histories and diasporic avatars. Workshop participants will develop ideas for an avatar, exploring mask-making through a variety of craft processes and recycled/found materials.
This workshop is designed for ages 18+ and caters to artists, makers and creative practitioners who work across the visual arts and performance.
Justin is one of three contemporary Australian artists who have been invited as the Museum’s summer artists in residence. As part of their residency the artists will design and deliver workshops inspired by the work of Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, exploring identity and expression through spectacle and adornment.
Justin Shoulder is an artist working in performance, sculpture, video and nightlife/community events production. He was born on the un-ceded lands of the Gadigal people (Sydney) and is of Filipino and European heritage. His main body of work “Phasmahammer” is an ecology of alter personas based on queered ancestral myth. These creatures are embodied through hand crafted costumes and prosthesis and animated by their own gestural languages. Shoulder uses his body and craft to forge connections between queer, migrant, spiritual and intercultural experiences. He is a founding member of queer artist collective The Glitter Militia (Monsta Gras, Pink Bubble) with partner and key collaborator Matthew Stegh and Club Ate with collaborator Bhenji Ra.
Shoulder’s works have been presented across Australia and Internationally where he works between gallery, nightclub, theatre and cinema contexts. Recent performance highlights include: being the La Manutention performance artist in residence at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris 2019, The Prague Quadrennial, 2019, Premiere of theatre work Carrion, Performance Space, Sydney (AUS) + subsequent tour to Artshouse, Melb (AUS), Fusebox Festival, Texas (USA), Museum Macan, Jakarta (IDN), Roskilde (DEN), M+ (HK), Singapore Art Museum (SGD). Asia Pacific Triennial 8 GOMA (AUS).