Julie Cockburn

Julie Cockburn’s practice involves the manipulation of found objects and images. The materials used are familiar, generic and often nostalgic. In the age of the computer generated, the computer manipulated and the 3D rendered, Julie Cockburn’s work exists in a positively reassuring place. Evoking memories of delicate craftsmanship, her work – created out of printed image, paper, books, found objects and child-like mark making – is a curious mix of optical illusion and the simple transformation of everyday objects.

Using these as a starting point, Cockburn sees a similarity between the throwaway,  the spontaneous and the generic. Using this similarity, she re-presents these objects with a personal ownership of something universal; she contradicts the generic and mass-produced with something crafted, to make these physically and intellectually worn objects precious again, and weighted with a different value.

The playfulness and nostalgia in Cockburn’s work is apparent, shown through a visual exploration and excavation of the materials she employs.

Julie introduces ideas to found objects that generate dialogue about modernity and art history, gender and identity, nature and urbanity and the relationship between process and idea. Julie Cockburn’s pieces are elaborate, intriguing and beautifully executed, with an autonomy that makes one want to believe their existence.

Biography

Julie Cockburn 2010

Julie Cockburn 2010

Bird
Embroidery on found print
22 x 17.5 cm
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Julie Cockburn 2010

Julie Cockburn 2010

Miss Budgie
Media collage
25 x 17.5 cm
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Julie Cockburn 2008

Julie Cockburn 2008

Vase of Plasticine
Media plasticine, found print mounted on board, varnish
32.5 x 43.5 cm
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Julie Cockburn 2011

Julie Cockburn 2011

Smile
Embroidery on found photograph
20 x 13.7 cm
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Julie Cockburn 2011

Julie Cockburn 2011

The Astronaut
Embroidery on found photograph
25.2 x 20.3 cm
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