Born in 1985 in Sydney, Justin Shoulder is an artist working in performance, sculpture, video and nightlife/community events production. His main body of work, the Fantastic Creatures, are “invented alter-personas” based on queered ancestral mythologies. These creatures are embodied through hand crafted costumes and prosthesis and animated by their own gestural languages.
Shoulder uses his body and craft to forge connections between queer, migrant, spiritual and intercultural experiences. His art emerges from a history of queer performance that evolved in Sydney’s nightclub scene from the 1970s. The artist describes his work as a ‘queer ecosystem’ populated by ‘Fantastic Creatures’, that exist in an ‘open-source, techno-media space’.
He has performed and exhibited internationally, recent highlights include : The River Eats at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Ex Nilalang for The Asia Pacific Triennial at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art 2015-16, Brisbane, the annual costume ball he co-produces Monsta Gras at the Red Rattler Sydney and SFW by Forward Assembly Hong Kong 2016.
He is currently working on a film new commission for the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing arts Melbourne 2017, in collaboration with the artist Bhenji Ra and a new experimental theatre work with international premiere in Sydney, October 2017.