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UNLEASHED - Artist Profile: Julya Hegarty

UNLEASHED - Artist Profile: Julya Hegarty

Julya Hegarty

Gubbi Gubbi country (Sunshine Coast)


Julya Hegarty lives and works on Gubbi Gubbi country at the base of the Blackall Ranges in the small rural township of Woombye. Hegarty's practice is a tapestry of memories, experiences, and cultural narratives. She describes her work as familial memories and experiences of place, created through a combination of compositional experimentation and imaginative remembrance.


Hegarty's series of ceramic works featured in Unleashed are as detailed as they are elaborate. Adorned with thousands of hand-made flowers and gilded unicorns, the designs capture and command presence. Hegarty describes the series as an exploration of deception, containing metaphors for lies and whispered untruths, inviting the viewer to challenge our perceptions and understanding of truth itself.




Image credits:

Julya Hegarty (2024). Twelve Horses of the Apocalypse, hand coloured slip, vessel and base, hand cut black clay flowers, handmade ceramic unicorns, clear glaze and gold lustre. 51cm x 33cm x 33cm. Photographed by Julya Hegarty.