Julia is one of our guest keynote speakers at the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale. Come along and hear her talk about ' A Sense of Place' on Sunday 25 September at 2.30 pm.
Tickets are restricted so please book by following this link.
My name is Julia McKenzie; I am based in London and studied fine art at Camberwell School of Art. My work is primarily drawing based, layered with paper cuts and collage, I use a lot of maps and atlases in my work, it helps anchor my work with a sense of place through their colour, text and symbols. I also produce limited edition screen prints and etchings.
I am really interested in broken, lost or discarded fragments of nature or man-made objects found immediately around me. I draw things found on the beach and on my travels through the countryside. I look for bones, plants, beetles and birds found outside my studio at home. The journey between my house and studio each day reveals new objects, animals and observations that help shape my relationship to my environment and the nature found there. I like residues and husks of animals, plants or minerals that have survived long enough for me to find and examine. I celebrate the fragile, forgotten and broken.
In 2013 I was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to create a design for remembrance for the 100-year anniversary of the First World War. I created an eternal spring in the round with words from the poem Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon. I also have had an Atlas page drawing acquired by the British Library to add to the national collection of antiquarian maps.
For more information about Julia please visit her website.