Julia Keenan Surrey, United Kingdom
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A visual artist, graduating in 2015. Working with materials to explore participatory systems of objects and environments. This practice was selected for the 'Platform' Graduate Award by C.V.A.N. south east. An associate at ASPEX Portsmouth and CAS Arts Andover. Collaborator with Museum and Gallery spaces. Recipient of the U.C.A. Grad award 2015 Recipient of the Aspex Associate Bursary 2021

Artist Statement - January 2021

I have always been interested in people, in how they communicate and identify through signs and signifiers of behaviour and apparel. My work is currently thinking around the impact of digital media - specifically social media on these things.

Materials are central to the practice and have evolved carefully through research and experimentation and have come to represent my visual language.

There is a constant tension between the sculptures I make and their rather more glamorous imaged based portraits which have all been through the filtering process of social media.

The lines between where the actual work begins and ends is always eluding me. I work with materials to explore participatory systems of objects and environments. The work plays with themes of materiality, transformation and the theatricality of flatness. Using photography to 'monumentalize' the sculptures into larger than life installations. These act as a back drop to short experimental films within which the 'works' or protagonists perform.

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Artwork

Everything is a Maquette , Photographic Sculpture , 2019

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TENDER VESSELS - Julia Keenan, Photographic Sculpture in the form of a Cross , 2019

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TENDER VESSELS - THE MOVIE, Experimental Film , 2020

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Vermilion Hue, Mixed Media Sculpture , 2015

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Vermilion Hue, Mixed Media Sculpture , 2015

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Strange Chimera , Mixed Media Sculpture , 2017

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Projects and exhibitions

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Laboratory of Dissent 2019

01/11/2019 — 12/12/2019

A collaborative residency undertaken by the Chapel Arts Studios Associate Artists [C.A.S.] exploring 'Dissent' as a methodology. Artists worked in small collectives in various locations on campus and remotely. The cumulative production of work was brought together within the gallery for a 'happening' and conversation acting as a full stop to...

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