James Barth
  • James Barth 'Earthbound' 2022.

  • 'James Barth: 'Earthbound', Milani Gallery, Brisbane, 2023. Photo: Carl Warner.

  • James Barth 'From Potluck to Compost' 2021.

  • James Barth 'Spilled Blueberries' 2022.


James Barth

The Clumped Spirit

12 October–22 December 202412 Oct–22 Dec 2024


James Barth’s practice explores the themes of trans self-representation and embodiment. Trained as an oil painter, her work extends beyond the traditional through a layered creative process.

Using 3D modelling software, Barth first creates stages, props, and avatars rendered in her likeness, and assembles them into detailed digital tableaux. The compositions are then animated into video works and transmuted into oil paintings.

The Clumped Spirit marks Barth’s conceptual departure from self portraiture. Drawing on the material characteristics of modernist architecture, cinematic languages of the 1960s and 1970s, and dance, Barth will dismantle her avatar across digital and physical worlds.

Artist Bio

James Barth is a Meanjin/Brisbane-based artist whose work explores trans self-representation and embodiment. Barth will exhibit in the upcoming Adelaide Biennale and her group exhibitions include Embodied Knowledge: Contemporary Queensland Art (Queensland Art Gallery, 2021), New Woman (Museum of Brisbane, 2019), and Assuming Surface (Outer Space, Brisbane, 2018). Her work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane; and V&A, London. Barth is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.