Art photography by Julie Cockburn is based on found paintings and photographs that she embellishes by embroidering, painting and reassembling, which delivers the images a meaningful present.
Julie Cockburn is an artist based in London. Her work is best defined by its delicate craftsmanship and by the transformation of everyday and found objects into works of art. Through the manipulation of found items and images; such as ceramic sculptures, paintings, photographs, printed paper and books, Cockburn evokes a sense of spontaneous.
Declaring “no image is safe after it enters my studio,” Julie Cockburn transforms each image with her own imaginative interventions. While Cockburn works with a range of found images, including landscapes, she focuses primarily on photographic portraits. Scouring eBay and second-hand shops, she amasses vintage images of pin-up girls, high school yearbook headshots, and studio portraits of children, among others. With needle and thread, scissors and glue, she overlays embroidered designs, fragmented images, and, sometimes, found objects, onto these portraits, paradoxically changing their subjects into characters of her own imagination while simultaneously seeming to draw out the fundamental essences of each character.
Cockburn is fascinated by the disconnect between a photograph and its subject. Through her manipulated portraits, she attempts to undermine the old adage that the camera never lies. Through the combination of second-hand objects and creative labour, Cockburn contradicts the generic and mass-produced with something crafted, imbuing her intellectually and physically worn objects with value.
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