Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Water soluble color pencils on Arches 300 gsm (A3).  Julie Clarke (14 May 2013) ©

Derwent color pencil on 360 gsm. Julie Clarke (15 May 2013) ©
Julie Clarke © (17 May 2013)
18 May. Julie Clarke ©
20 May 2013. Julie Clarke ©
Whereas, my most recent exhibited digital images entitled Ephemeral Skin (23 A3 images) addressed in part, the uncertainty of perception created by photographing small sections of my own skin as an alien but familiar landscape. Indeed, the close-up images were a cartography or mapping in which discrete elements suggested something other than the exact bodily parts and resulted in the viewer questioning their own perceptions or certainly having them challenged. By revealing the folds and surfaces of the body, its incompleteness, its imperfect state the artist attempted to draw the viewer into a plane of intensity of the flattened body, rendered greater than before, moving towards infinity and immanence.
My new body of generative art is focused upon bodily fragments within an actual landscape. This continues my interest in the ambiguity that arises from presenting partial bodies bereft of any identifying personal features. Amputated from the original identity of the person in the photographs, these fragmented body parts might be from anyone and therefore represent the universal body. My methodology is to re-photograph small sections of old photographs I’ve taken of friends and family as well as found photographs to reveal one small section of a person’s body surrounded by or integral to the surrounding landscape. The result will be an image that speaks of fragmented memory and the interrelationship between the human body and the organic world.  I am fascinated by that area in which the bodily part appears simultaneously fastened to, but separated from the surrounding area of the picture plane.  Of interest also, is the doubt and anonymity of presenting a synecdochal bodily image, in which the part represents the whole. The images necessarily also connect with bio-technological culture in which bodily parts (tissue, organs, DNA testing) become just one component of a landscape in which body parts may be transferred into another person’s body. Even though historically there has been a division between the human and the natural world it has become increasingly obvious that we are part of nature and it part of us.

The colored pencil drawings above are inspired by the Synecdoche photographs. I've taken some of the elements and extended upon them. I failed to mention this when I first made this post.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Some friends have inquired about the price of my drawings. After consulting with several people I have decided that they will be $200 each (unframed) plus $10, which should cover postage if you are unable to pick up the drawing yourself. All drawings are A3 size (420 x 297 mm) and have a small white border around the drawing, created by masking tape. They are all on acid free paper and many have been drawn on Arches Aquarelle 320 gsm cotton rag. I will have an afternoon tea at my place on a soon to be announced Sunday afternoon so that interested buyers can see the works with a view to purchasing. If you would like to be invited to that afternoon tea or if you would like to purchase one of the drawings please contact me via the comments box or at jjclarke@unimelb.edu.au Get in quick, because you don't want someone else to buy the one that you want!

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