BOOTY – Julia Rosa Clark

BOOTY by Julia Rosa Clark – Installation View (Image: WHATIFTHEWORLD)

WHATIFTHEWORLD is one of my favourite galleries in Cape Town. The current exhibition, Julia Rosa Clark’s BOOTY, presents a collection of collage works. Other than Clarke’s previous work, which often consisted of elaborate site-specific collage installations, the new works are ‘contained’ as framed wall pieces. Despite the restrictive bounds of frames, the series continues Clarke’s distinctive pop-cultural appropriation and layering of found illustrations, photographs, paper, glitter and her own drawings.

Bielle Ross writes in a review of the show that Clark’s ensembles “explore the realms of colonial appropriation, history, memory and representation. At the same time however, Clark manages to steer an idiosyncratic path, exhibiting her own agency and position when encountering these broad themes, using chance and contingency to unsettle such notions.”

I would love to spend a day in the artist’s studio. Judging by the detail in her work, her collection of pop culture paraphernalia must be entertaining to rummage through. Clarke’s exhibitions are always accompanied by a playlist or reverences to specific songs and musicians. The way she arranges images is reminiscent of a way a DJ composes a playlist – selecting specific artistic styles to create particular moods. I left the gallery with a strong need to confine myself to a cozy studio space with a selection of craft tools, boxes of two-dimensional material and a killer sound system. Hell yes.

All images from WHATIFTHEWORLD

Girl Aftermath – 2012 Found objects, paper, paint 105 x 125 cm (Image: WHATIFTHEWORLD)

Very Rich Hours – 2012 Found objects, paper, paint 104 x 155 cm (Image: WHATIFTHEWORLD)

White Flag (Squall) – 2012 Paper, paint 84 x 118 cm (Image: WHATIFTHEWORLD)

Black Flag (Uhuru) – 2012 Found objects, paper, paint, glitter 64 x 94 cm

Clever Addict (Haul Away Joe ) – 2012 Found objects, paper, paint 64 x 104 cm (Image: WHATIFTHEWORLD)

Good Omen / Bad Luck – 2012 Found objects, paper, paint 105 x 155 cm (Image: WHATIFTHEWORLD)

Inheritance (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea) – 2012 Found objects, paper, paint 104 x 155 cm (Image: WHATIFTHEWORLD)

Wonder (for D.W.) – 2012 Elvis Presley postcard, paper, glitter 93.5 x 73.5 cm

Coordinates of Gains & Sorrows – 2012 Found objects, paper 63 x 100 cm (Image: WHATIFTHEWORLD)

Grave Goods – 2012 Found objects, paper, paint 54.5 x 69 cm (Image: WHATIFTHEWORLD)


  1. Very nice work. I am liking it 🙂 specially “Clever Addict”

  2. I also love ‘Clever Addict’. I want it in my house!

  3. Girl Aftermath for me it is 🙂 Check out Adriaan Kuiters & Julia Rosa Clark’s collab collection launched last week…fantastic…now I can wear these thoughts and expressions on my sleeve.

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