Julie Rrap has been an important figure in Australian contemporary art for over twenty years. Since the mid-1970s, she has worked with photography, painting, sculpture, performance and video in an on-going project concerned with representations of the body. In 2007, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney held a major retrospective of her work.
Both these works form part of a larger series Not A-Muse which playfully undermines traditional notions of the muse an as inspirational support figure. Reflecting on Magritte’s surrealist capacity (Not a Pipe) to challenge and surprise these works conflate beauty and the grotesque in order to locate desire in a more uncertain place.