Julia Morison is a senior artist based in Ōtautahi Christchurch who has been exhibiting since the 1970s. In 2018 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to visual arts. In 2005 she was made a New Zealand Foundation Arts Laureate. In 1988 she was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship and in 1990 she undertook the Moēt & Chandon contemporary art residency in Avize, France. Morison’s work has explored esoteric practice with reference to a diverse set of conceptual inputs, from Euclidean geometry to the Jewish mystical tradition of the Kabbalah – as carriers of ‘embodied knowledge.’
A major holding of Julia Morison’s work is held in the collection of Te Papa Tongarewa. Julia Morison is represented by Trish Clark Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and Jonathan Smart Gallery, Ōtautahi Christchurch.
- Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch: 3(.)6 degrees of separation
- Trish Clark Gallery: Hindsight