Approved: 11.06.2009

Julie Mecoli

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 11.06.2009
  • Location: Canterbury, South East
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Built environment, Public art
  • Categories: Architecture, Drawing, Environment, Installation, Sculpture
  • Tags: sculpture, bitumen, fossil fuel, dark matter, bell jar





    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.  



    CV & Education

    2016 Current and forthcoming events

    23 June - 21 July 2017 Oliver Arts Center, MI, USA.

    28 September - 4 October, Assembly 'Portraits', Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable.

    'Perspectives On The Unknown', Documentary Video, S.Park, T.Deacon, R.Stabbins 



    2016 Herding Cats, Pie Factory, Margate.

    2016 Assembly in a Box, Whitstable Biennale Satellite, Whitstable.

    2015 Canterbury Festival Artists' Open House, Dark Matter: Black Square 1, Whitstable.

    2015 'Collage', Assembly, Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable.

    2015 'Altered Books Project', Drawing Room, Beaney Library, Canterbury.

    2014 "In Here Out There", Chapter House, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury.

    2014 Whitstable Biennale Satellite, Whitstable and University of Kent, Canterbury

    2014 Assembly, Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable

    2014 Dutch Electronic Arts Festival Biennale, Rotterdam, NL

    2013 Art & Science Exhibition, Doncaster Community Arts, The Point, Doncaster.

    2013 Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent, Canterbury.

    2013 Assembly I, Assembly Rooms, Faversham, Assembly II Horsebridge, Whitstable, Assembly  Drawing, Beach Creatives, Herne Bay.

    2013 Evening in the Colony curated by H.Austen,Grant Wood House, Iowa City. USA.

    2012 Whitstable Biennale Satellite, Whitstable.

    2012  AA2ALAB, 'Dark Matter' , Herbert Read Gallery, UCA, Canterbury.

    2012  Interlochen Center for the Arts, annually since 1999, Interlochen. USA.

    2011  'Beta', group exhibition, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks.

    2010- The Art of the Artist’s Book, touring exhibition curated by Chido Johnson, Oakland

             University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI and other locations USA, Africa and more.

    2010  100 Journals, Herbert Read Gallery, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury

    2009 Turner Contemporary Open, Margate

    2009  Harbour Arms Gallery, Margate

    2009  AA2A exhibition, Herbert Read Gallery, UCA, Canterbury

    2009  RISC, Reading

    2008-1998 Canterbury Festival Art Fair, Canterbury, Spontaneous Combustion,StIves,Cornwall, Broadstairs Library, Broadstairs, ‘Paperworks’, Bury Art Gallery, Bury, Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable, Deutche Postbank BHF Exhibition, London, Space 44, London, Centre For Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art, London, Next Door Gallery, Leland. MI, USA, 'Déjà vu'. Marlowe Theatre Gallery. Canterbury, 'House of Shade'., installation in All Saints Churchyard, Canterbury, Chromos Gallery, Canterbury, Fish-slab Gallery, Whitstable, 'Art & Architecture', Cleary Gallery, Canterbury, George House Gallery. Folkestone, 'Black Sign' installation in Burgate, Canterbury, Cleary Gallery. Canterbury, People's Show II.  Medway Council, Rochester, Wilderness Studio Exhibition. Kent Institute of Art & Design. Canterbury



    2014  Presentation, "Critiquing the Crit", InForm Conference, UKC, UK

    2014  Lecture - ‘Mass’, College of William and Mary, Virginia and UKC, UK

    11-12 Artists Access To Art (AA2A), University for the Creative Arts, UK

    09      Artist-in-Residence, Laughing Waters, Nillumbik Shire Council, VIC, Australia.

              Lecture/tutorials -  Fine Art, Monash University, Melbourne Australia.

    08-09  Artists Access To Art (AA2A), University for the Creative Arts, UK

    03      Artist-in-Residence, SBD Nat'l Lakeshore,Nat’l Park Service & England Arts Council,


    97      Arctic Expedition/Finnish Lapland. Bursary - Art Sans Frontieres/ K CC.


    Commissions, bursaries, awards

    2001  'Mapping Change', The Pharmacy Gallery. Margate

    1997  'Water Spirit'. (Mecoli/Sparks) site-specific commission Chartham Parish Council. Chartham

    1997  'Tonford Crossing'.(Mecoli/Sparks) site-specific commission Stour Valley Arts Project.  Chartham

    1996  'The Serpent'. (Mecoli/Sparks). Bursary-site-specific piece. No Man's Orchard, CharthamShortlisted in 1998 for Rouse Kent Public Art Award


    Publications, articles, reviews

    Wheeler, Jacob, “Sun sets on Britain and Empire”, Glen Arbor Sun, 30 June 2014.

    Ruyters, Domeniek, "DEAF opent de aanval op het meest gehate begrip in de kunst van dit moment: innovatie.", Metropolis M, 23 May 2014.

    Sayej, Nadja, “Julie Mecoli’s Bitumen Sculptures Look Like Melting Molasses”, VICE The Creators Project, 19 May 2014.

    “Changing Like Nature… With Julie Mecoli, DOTS digital art magazine, 15 May 2014.

    'Julie Mecoli's "Dark Matter" is a series'... WNYC Radiolab, 9 May 2013.

    Minton, David, 'Beta', a-n The Artists Information Company, 8 November 2011.


    Qualifications and training

    P.G.C.H.E. University of Kent

    M.A. Fine Art Sculpture, Wimbledon School of Art, University of the Arts London

    B.A. (Hons) Fine Art (1st Class) Sculpture/Art & Architecture, KIAD, Canterbury

    M.A. Women's Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury                 

    B.A.  Anthropology, Wayne State University, Detroit



    13      Lecturer, HND and BA Fine Art, Canterbury College, Canterbury, UK

    09-     Lecturer, CEWL and School of Architecture, University of Kent. UK

    09      Visiting Artist, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

    08      Lecturer, BA Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts, UK

    03-07 Lecturer , HND and BA Fine Art/Ashford School of Art & Design. UK

    03      Visiting Artist, Interlochen Arts Academy. USA

    02      Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago/Oxbow. USA

    99-12 Faculty (Jne-Aug) Visual Arts Department, Interlochen Center for the Arts. USA

    98-02 Lecturer Sculpture/Art & Architecture/BA Fine Art /KIAD, UK