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Julie Lawrence


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With its roots in the visionary nature responses of Turner, Blake

and Palmer, and a musical mirrored ballerina box kept since childhood, my work explores a sense of melancholy within the ephemeral nature of light and movement, and has an on-going concern with the relationship between matter and light.

Hovering between reality and unreality, my images reveal a discourse of endlessness which simultaneously longs for the mythical place of memory.

The narrative explores the notion of a transient self which

articulates time present and time past and strives to evoke a perception which hangs between the seen and unseen.

My working process involves using the camera, as a creative tool for capturing incidental and fleeting moments of light on matter. I then work physically with the material nature of the photograph, again using light and shadow as part of a re photographing process.

Occupying the liminal space between light and dark, inside and outside, the ‘Transitions’ series of work represents a familiar car journey viewed at twilight.

Striving for a sense of something tangible within the intangible,

I invite the viewer to find a still centre and quiet psychological territory which borders the threshold between nostalgic association and something unknown.


I predominantly use the medium of pen and ink with the detail and the building up of shadows and depth with straight lines”.  The actual sizes of the pictures vary enormously. They all, however, no matter how large or small, contain the same singularly detailed and minute focused attention that I feel has become my hallmark.