Photo: Julie Mecoli in Canterbury, South East

Julie Mecoli

Artist, Lecturer / academic

The 'Dark Matter' sculptures and drawings refer to the vast majority of matter and energy in the universe that exists but cannot be seen. The work also reflects my interest in the experience of place and the ability of art to enable access to abstract, remote and invisible spaces including the space of the human unconscious. In the 'Dark Matter' series I exploit the possibilities of bitumen to explore these interests. The sculptures are composed of bitumen, one of the oldest materials used in building. Bitumen is a petroleum derivative and fluid material that can feel solid at room temperature, but moves over time. The sculptures soften in heat, permeate the space with scent, and move to ground. Using this material allows me to explore work that like nature changes over time and moves from form to formlessness. Like most natural processes the movement is irreversible; it only proceeds in one direction. In the future each sculpture will exist only as a pool of pitch containing itself and other things entrapped in it. The black structures and their descent into disorder evoke ideas of entropy, chaos and loss.

Location Canterbury, South East
Activities Higher education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Built environment, Public art
Artforms / type of project Architecture, Drawing, Environment, Installation, Sculpture
Tags sculpture, bitumen, fossil fuel, dark matter, bell jar

News & Events

  • Canterbury Festival 17-31 October 2015

    Group art exhibition at 9 Warwick Road, Whitstable as part of Canterbury Festival.

  • 'Collage' 30 September - 6 October 2015

    Assembly group show at the Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable

  • 'Perspectives on the Unknown', Documentary Video, S.Park, T.Deacon, R.Stabbins 2015

    The film addresses the ways artists and scientists deal with Dark Matter and the unknown.

  • Canterbury Festival Open House , Whitstable 18 Oct. - 2 Nov.

    Art exhibitions in homes and gardens. 'Assembly' at 9 Warwick Road, Whitstable including 'Zhong' by J.Mecoli.

  • 'Altered Books Project', Drawing Room, Beaney Library, Canterbury, Sept. 2014 - Jan. 2015

    The library has provided a range of discarded books which artists can modify and alter in order to transform the book and its pages into a work of art. Visit to see my contributions to the project.

  • In Here Out There, Sculpture at Canterbury Cathedral 15-31 October

    14/10/2014 – 31/10/2014
    Chapter House, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury

    This exhibition brings together a variety of artists that have an academic association with the city of Canterbury. Canterbury Cathedral

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  • Glen Arbor Sun newspaper 'Sun Sets on Britain and Empire' by Jacob Wheeler

  • Conference presentation InForm Conference 2014 19 July, University of Kent

    Critiquing the Crit: Teaching and Assessment Practices in Art and Design

  • VICE theCreatorsproject 'Julie Mecoli's Bitumen Sculptures Look Like Melting Molasses; by Nadja Saye

  • DOTS digital art magazine '10 Questions Changing, like nature with Julie Mecoli'

  • Assembly at the Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable

    09/07/2014 – 15/07/2014
    Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable

    Group exhibition, new work and a catalogue from Assembly at the Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable.

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  • Whitstable Biennale Satellite Programme & UKC exhibition through end of June

    31/05/2014 – 30/06/2014
    Kent School of Architecture, Marlowe Building, University of Kent, Canterbury and Summer House, 9 Warwick Rd, Whitstable

    'Empire Sunset' Kent School of Architecture, Marlowe Building, University of Kent, Canterbury Dark Matter: Corinthian Column Summer House group exhibition 9 Warwick Rd, Whitstable (weekends).

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  • Dutch Electronic Arts Festival Biennale, 'The Progress Trap', Rotterdam

    20/05/2014 – 09/06/2014
    The New Institute

    I will be showing work in the DEAF Biennale exhibition in Rotterdam. Organisers/curators Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF) The Institute for Unstable Media

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