Julia Skelly is Faculty Lecturer (Contemporary Art) in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies. She received her PhD from Queen’s University and her M.A. from McGill. Skelly is the author of Wasted Looks: Addiction and British Visual Culture, 1751-1919 (Ashgate, 2014) and the editor of The Uses of Excess in Visual and Material Culture, 1600-2010 (Ashgate, 2014). Her most recent book is Radical Decadence: Excess in Contemporary Feminist Textiles and Craft (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). Her current research is concerned with contemporary global artists, specifically women artists, who are employing craft materials in order to engage with issues related to affect, trauma and (self-)care.