Cockburn evokes a sense of both the nae and the spontaneous

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 collections worldwide.

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.

 

The ConundrumJulie Cockburn

The Conundrum, 2016

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

QuizitiveJulie Cockburn

Quizitive, 2016

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

FreethinkerJulie Cockburn

Freethinker, 2017

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

Pipe DreamerJulie Cockburn

Pipe Dreamer, 2016

Hand Embroidery on Found Photograph

 

Mr OptimisticJulie Cockburn

Mr Optimistic, 2014

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

The OrthodontistJulie Cockburn

The Orthodontist, 2014

Hand embroidery and watercolour on found photograph

 

TroublemakerJulie Cockburn

Troublemaker, 2015

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

VeneerJulie Cockburn

Veneer, 2015

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

BefuddleJulie Cockburn

Befuddle, 2017

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

Honeymoon Period 7Julie Cockburn

Honeymoon Period 7, 2015

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

The ConundrumJulie Cockburn

The Conundrum, 2016

Hand embroidery on found photograph

QuizitiveJulie Cockburn

Quizitive, 2016

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

FreethinkerJulie Cockburn

Freethinker, 2017

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

Pipe DreamerJulie Cockburn

Pipe Dreamer, 2016

Hand Embroidery on Found Photograph

 

Mr OptimisticJulie Cockburn

Mr Optimistic, 2014

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

The OrthodontistJulie Cockburn

The Orthodontist, 2014

Hand embroidery and watercolour on found photograph

 

TroublemakerJulie Cockburn

Troublemaker, 2015

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

VeneerJulie Cockburn

Veneer, 2015

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

BefuddleJulie Cockburn

Befuddle, 2017

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

Honeymoon Period 7Julie Cockburn

Honeymoon Period 7, 2015

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

Honeymoon Period 3Julie Cockburn

Honeymoon Period 3, 2014

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

WhisperJulie Cockburn

Whisper, 2014

Hand embroidery on found photograph

Talking HeadsJulie Cockburn

Talking Heads, 2017

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

Close KnitJulie Cockburn

Close Knit, 2014

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

SquabbleJulie Cockburn

Squabble, 2018

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

The JesterJulie Cockburn

The Jester, 2017

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

The TelepathJulie Cockburn

The Telepath, 2014

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

Mind, Body and SoulJulie Cockburn

Mind, Body and Soul, 2018

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

The BearJulie Cockburn

The Bear, 2014

Altered found photograph

 

In MemoriamJulie Cockburn

In Memoriam, 2016

Collaged found photograph

 

Mindfulness 1Julie Cockburn

Mindfulness 1, 2017

Altered found photograph

 

The Anger ManagerJulie Cockburn

The Anger Manager, 2017

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

Lady JaneJulie Cockburn

Lady Jane, 2014

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

Double DealerJulie Cockburn

Double Dealer, 2018

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

Splash 2Julie Cockburn

Splash 2, 2017

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

ParadeJulie Cockburn

Parade, 2017

Hand embroidery on found photograph

 

Blossom In A GraveyardJulie Cockburn

Blossom In A Graveyard, 2009

Mixed media

 

DubietyJulie Cockburn

Dubiety, 2012

Altered found photograph

 

Teenage AngstJulie Cockburn

Teenage Angst, 2013

Altered found photograph

 

Green and BlueJulie Cockburn

Green and Blue, 2012

Altered found oil painting

 

Green DressJulie Cockburn

Green Dress, 2012

Altered found photograph

 

Hero 3Julie Cockburn

Hero 3, 2011

Altered found photograph

 

White DressJulie Cockburn

White Dress, 2012

Altered found photograph

 

The GuardianJulie Cockburn

The Guardian, 2015

Found photograph, found plastic game parts

 

DisguiseJulie Cockburn

Disguise, 2013

Found photograph, found plastic game parts

 

IncognitoJulie Cockburn

Incognito, 2009

Found photograph, found plastic game parts

 

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