Rudi Williams’ work investigates liminal reflections and anomalies that challenge the viewer’s logic of memory and space through the installation of photographic objects, projections and analogue photographic techniques. Returning to negatives taken in cultural institutions at various stages during her life, she manipulates traditional processes to reveal the abnormalities, scars, and mysteries that unite incongruent interpretations of experience.
— Michelle Mountain
Born in Italy in 1993 and based in Naarm/Melbourne, Rudi Williams is an artist, photographer and educator who works with historic and contemporary image-making processes. Williams’ working process is driven by intuition, chance, and the implicit speeds of the photographic processes she utilises. Her photographs are elliptical and layered, often depicting reflections, visual anomalies, distorted architectural details and residue of human presence on surfaces. She constructs site specific installations from her photographic archive, while dissecting and displaying the mechanisms of photography as sculptural forms, to reference the history and legacy of representation and the image.
In 2022 Williams made a debut short experimental film “Breath” with pianist and composer Grace Ferguson. The film uses a blend of super 8 and digital formats to coalesce with high and low fidelity sound recordings of compostions made by Ferguson between 2017-2020.
Her stills photography practice extends to public commissions, portraiture, documentation and camera operation. She consults on select historic photographic processes. Previous clients include: Shelley Lasica, Darren Sylvester, Metro Tunnel and Liquid Architecture.
Rudi Williams acknowledges the Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrug people of the Kulin Nation, on whose land she inhabits and works, and pays respects to elders past, present and emerging.