Julia grew up in Llantrisant, near Cardiff, and now has returned to South Wales – Abergavenny, after many years away in London and Norway. She studied a B.A. degree at St Martins School of Art, and a postgraduate diploma at Royal Academy of Arts, Schools, London where she concentrated on composition. After returning from living in Norway, Julia taught at Chelsea School of Art for 12 years before re-locating to the Brecon Beacons.
Living on the edge of the Brecon Beacons is to be on the doorstep of dramatic, wild and sometimes remote nature and the inspiration for my artwork. The landscape is rich and varied, at times wild plains, ancient forests, moss covered trees, old stone walls, dark earth, derelict remains, mist descending over the mountains, the river sources winding down the valley into the rivers, dark skies, stormy weather, twigs & branches, woven hay mounds, mountain peaks, geometric stone steps over years formed by water, ancient stones & boulders, oak trees & silver birch.
In my artwork…I look at the geographical formation of the different terrains. The artwork is a depiction of this terrain, using marks, forms and lines. I am interested in :- mark making, in the linear quality & language of maps, in the possibilities of depicting a terrain in a visual language, and then in the possibilites that arise in making works from drawings on paper: – using these drawings as a material.
I draw images from nature, simplify them to a language of marks, lines & forms and build them into compositions. I work with drawings on paper and on boards & installations.
The artworks shown here were made over many years and this is my first show in Abergavenny, curated for the Melville Centre and beginning on the weekend of the Abergavenny Arts Festival.
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