Nature and Human Nature in Parallel: Challenging the Notion of Imperfection.
Julia has recently graduated from Central Saint Martins UAL with a BA (Hons) in Ceramic Design.
She see's her ceramic practice as a necessary and mutual conversation between herself and the clay; connecting and engaging in a tacit communication with this formless material. Like many others, she uses creative expression as a therapy.
Julia's concern with issues of Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Perfectionism are incorporated into her ceramic practice, which currently looks to challenge the notion of imperfection.
Julia's work communicates her interest in juxtapositions: of metaphor and form, and material personalities, whether harmonious or discordant. She seeks to present visual and material contrasts held within the clay body of the forms, at times allowing a behavioural happenstance of ‘group dynamics’.
If imperfections appear through process, Julia enhances them, rather than hide them, by using the Japanese art and craft of 'Kintsugi', meaning 'repaired with gold'.
She finds her inspiration in nature’s architecture and formations; interruptions within the landscape, such as rock strata and fault-lines, and seeks to communicate parallels between these identities of nature, with the human condition.
Nature's ‘fault-lines’ and ‘seamlines’, and the physical, emotional and mental ‘scars' from human life experience are often regarded as imperfections, but they are also records of emotive and material history, and should really be embraced as a kind of beauty in their uniqueness.
Handmade at Kew, ARTS THREAD Emerging Talents, at Kew Gardens, 12th – 15th October 2017
Clare Twomey x Tate Exchange ('Production') - Factory: the seen and the unseen, 27th September - 1st October 2017 http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/tate-exchange
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