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Spotlight on Julie Cockburn

Julie Cockburn

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 Julie Cockburn, Doubter

Julie Cockburn, Doubter

Julie Cockburn, Doubter

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The trend for appropriation in photography has a long history that stretches back to the practice of Dada artists in the 1920s. In recent times there has been a surge in photographers adopting a cross-disciplinary approach to working with appropriated photography, British artist Julie Cockburn being a prime example.

Cockburn is drawn to a particular type of photograph “I search for new materials to work with, particularly those that have an iconic quality of 'house', 'portrait', or 'landscape'”, she comments. Through diverse interventions Cockburn breathes new life into the found image refocusing the viewer’s attention on the objecthood of each piece. “I want my interventions to seem less Pop and more crafted somehow, integrated with the found image, as if my additions, (a solid rainbow ellipse of embroidery, or a playful grid of transparent plastic game parts) are completing something.”

In her most recent work, such as Serenity and Melancholia,  the concealment of the face is a central motif. Without the ability to read the sitter’s expression, the evocative titles are the only guidance we are given in constructing a narrative. The viewer is left to ponder what lies beneath Cockburn’s enigmatic interventions. “I am using a partial abstraction of the figurative photograph to explore the unseen nuances in the original. I suppose that by delving into the photograph, with inquisitiveness as well as a knife or needle, I am adding to the original, both physically and emotionally. It's like having a conversation, asking and answering questions about character, place, memory and composition I hope that with my interventions, I am inviting the viewer to do the same thing." 

Each piece is the product of a labour-intensive process taking between 3 and 10 days.

With the launch of her latest exhibition Layer Opacity we are delighted to offer a selection of new work with prices from £975 + vat.

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