"Julie Cockburn's embellishment of found paintings and
photographs by embroidering, painting and reassembling, delivers
the images out of redundancy into a meaningful present."
- Jonathan P Watts, 2012
Julie Cockburn is an artist based in London. Her work is
best defined by its delicate craftsmanship and by the
transformation of every day 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 both the nae and the spontaneous.
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. Techniques such as the childlike
embroidered patterns that feature on found photographs and printed
images, draw the viewer in to a sculpted journey of labour and
creation. Cockburn's work challenges the means by which
things are seen and visually digested, shown by the playful visual
exploration 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. However, it
is an instinctive reaction to the found objects that dictates the
piece, rather than an underlying intellectual or political
viewpoint. Cockburn's pieces are elaborate, intriguing and
beautifully executed, with an autonomy that makes one want to
believe their existence. Her work is in both public and private
The artist has exhibited at The New Art Gallery Walsall, The
Photographers' Gallery, London, Arnhem Museum of Modern Art, The
Netherlands, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, ICA, London, Wellcome
Collection, London, Jerwood Space, London and the Yale Centre for
British Art, USA.