The Furies is a public art project by Kate Just in response to violence against women. It comprises a series of twelve towering banners of women across the façade of the St Kilda Town Hall. Shot in a local park, the images depict diverse women from the community in poses of self-defence. The Furies projects a vision of women’s resilience and feelings of mourning about violence into the public sphere.
Just created The Furies on a Rupert Bunny Visual Art Fellowship, a biennial award granted to an artist in the City of Port Phillip to pursue a new direction in practice or develop a substantial body of work. The moody, elemental images of The Furies sustain their titular connection to Greek myth. The Greek Furies were deities of vengeance, born of night, or sky, and sought justice against those who had murdered family. Nestled between the architecture of the town hall, the banners also refer to caryatids, or sculpted female figures which act as supporting columns in ancient Greek architecture. Just’s Furies revise the caryatids’ passive role, as they appear to launch out from the building.
Kate Just The Furies, 2015, St Kilda Town Hall, digital print on satin polyester, keder rope edge, sail track. Banners are 400cm (h) x 130cm (w) each. Photographs by Simon Strong.
Kate Just is an American-born Australian artist best known for elaborate knitted sculptural works, mixed media installations and community engaged art projects that contend with...