Memento Mori


Australian artist Julia deVille  continues her modern ‘memento mori’ project with a selection of eerily luscious jewellery, currently available to view at e.g.etal on Flinders Lane.

deVille’s work is immediately engaging – particularly her gothic taxidermy specimens which are a memento mori for the life for animals. With her new collection called ‘Can the voices of the living be heard by the dead’, deVille created a wild array of almost-barnacled organic Victorian rings which look to have ‘grown’ additional jewels – protuding, glittering growths in addition to their hero gems. Like a time-traveller’s version of jewellery chest, the rings in particular look both of a time (Victorian) whilst outside of time; think steampunk and William Gibson’s fictions.


At the Julia deVille launch, which was well-soused with Hendrick’s gin cocktails and peopled with Melbourne’s most artistic types courtesy Pybus PR’s excellent guest list. Wearing Veronika Maine coat.



L-R: Artist Jessi Lewis and Kyra Pybus of Pybus PR


Immediately intriguing,  deVille’s pieces reveal themselves the longer you look.


…and introducing the newest Ruby Slipper sista…. Ellana.


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