‘Ultra Vogue with controlled passion’, c. 2000, by Julie Watkins, concerns the change happening then in St Kilda. As Julie explains, ‘But St Kilda is a changing demographic. The people moving in were more insular and rather wary of whom they spoke to. As a literal explanation, the strange construction was in Chapel St just off Carlisle St, very secretive (gone now of course). The Safety barriers were in the O’Donnell gardens. The forecourt is the upper esplanade. The garages behind are a mix of the Castlemaine rock facade from the flats beside Linden and doors from a lane off Dalgetty St. The text on the image ‘Ultra Vogue with controlled passion’ I took from a real estates brochure for a new town house down St Leonards Avenue I thought it so amusing!’
Artefact thanks Julie Watkins for suggesting we include an image of her work, and for giving us permission do so.