Approved: 29.07.2008

Julie Parker

Artist, Teacher

Approved: 29.07.2008

The spaces that we inhabit and the traces that we inevitably leave are at the forefront of my practice. I think of human traces as subconscious drawings on our everyday surroundings, when we simply walk across a floor we leave our mark.

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      The spaces that we inhabit and the traces that we inevitably leave are at the forefront of my practice. I think of human traces as subconscious drawings on our everyday surroundings, when we simply walk across a floor we leave our mark.

      Dust contains particles of our bodies and we leave some of it wherever we go, it is the ultimate human trace and is also an excellent medium for further traces. These indexical marks in the dust show the history of our movements, an alternative record of history. I use dust; tumble dryer fluff; hair; and human traces in my work, which is led by the materials and marks that I am attracted to, and the meanings found within them. Consequently I use a full range of media including drawing, painting, photography, video, sculpture and installation. My work in schools has even led to a chewing gum based installation.  

      I am interested in the inherent psychology of the work and the slightly surreal aesthetic that emerges during the making process.   The human body is always absent, but mental states are evident in the finished objects, intended to provoke an emotional response in the viewer.

      CV & Education

      Qualifications and training

      2004 - PGCE Art and Design, Reading University

      2003 - MA Fine Art - Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art

      2002 - BA (Hons) First in Fine Art - Sculpture, Surrey Institute of Art and Design

      Solo exhibitions

      2005 - Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College, Basingstoke

      Group exhibitions

      2017 - Pay and Display, Centrespace, Bristol

      2016 - Ing Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London

      2016 - Black Swan Open, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset

      2016 - The Time Garden, Frimley Park Hospital, Camberley, Surrey

      2015 - Expansion, New Greenham Arts, Newbury, Berks

      2014 - Compressed Space, Link Gallery, Winchester

      2013 - Mote, Harrington Mill Studios, Castle Eaton, Nottingham

      2013 - Hackwood Art Festival, Basingstoke, Hants

      2012 - Drawing towards Sculpture, The Shop Gallery, Basingstoke

      2012 - 'Surface disturbances'evidence of biological time-part 2, Searchers Contemporary, Bristol

      2012 - Swept Away; Dust, Ashes and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design, Museum of Arts    and Design, New York

      2010 - Westmalle Castle, Westmalle, Belgium

      2010 - Insight, New Greenham Arts, Newbury, Berks

      2009 - Crunch, New Greenham Arts, Newbury

      2009 - Insight, New Greenham Arts, New Greenham Park, , Newbury, Berks

      2009 - PS8, The Peacock Gallery, Reading

      2009 - ReOpen, Kube and Lighthouse, Poole

      2008 - Re-form, New Greenham Arts, Newbury, Berks

      2005 - The Hackwood Art Festival, Hackwood Farm, Basingstoke

      2003 - Diverse, The Old Truman Brewery, London

      2003 - MA Express, Wimbledon School of Art, Wimbledon

      2003 - Platform for Art, London Transport

      2003 - What we did in the Christmas Holiday, WSA 2002 - BHF Bank, London

      2002 - BA Show, SIAD

      Competitions, prizes and awards

      2009 - Re-form prize winner, Kube, Poole, Lighthouse, Poole

      2003 - AHRB Bursary, Wimbledon School of Art, London

      Educational experience - secondary

      2004 - Teacher of Art, Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College, Basingstoke

      Projects

      2014 - "It's All About Me"  Art Workshop with Autistic Students at Prior's Court School

      Publications

      2003 - work published in International Venice Agendas 2003; A Series of Breakfast Meetings

      Other

      2013 - Work featured on BBC South Today

      2005 - Work featured on ITV Meridian News