The Photographers Gallery, London
9th Sept – 25th Oct 2020
Julie Cockburn is known for re-imagining and re-configuring found objects and vintage photographs. At first glance, her subjects appear to be shrouded in randomly placed coloured blobs. However, closer inspection reveals a series of carefully placed and meticulously stitched embroidery.
The graphically embroidered alterations to the original images sometimes completely cover the subject, other times they playfully jump into frame in an otherwise tranquil landscape. Their placement may often seem random, but each intervention is quite precise, creation tension within the work and creating new meaning.
This new work was created during and after the COVID-19 lockdown, but Julie Cockburn says that it isn’t all about the pandemic.
“Balancing Act is an exhibition of works I made before, during and
after Lockdown. I live on my own and work from home, so little overtly changed in the logistics of my day-to-day life. Like everyone, I carefully negotiated my way through the news bulletins and supermarket aisles, cautious not to become overwhelmed with the enormity of the pandemic. While in isolation, I noticed how much we connected by sharing our creativity on social media in an act of showing and being seen – our bread, our gardens, our dances, our cardboard animated projects. This is my show and tell.”
Julie Cockburn’s contemporary photographic interventions will be showing from the 9th September to 25th October 2020. Works will be available to purchase.