20.12.2020 – 31.01.2021 A Sign of Things To Come onder andere Eelco Brand, Ton van Kints, Joncquil, Warffemius, Ien Lucas, Marian Bijlenga, Klaus Baumgärtner Visit

Julie Cockburn (UK)

Julie Cockburn's (1966) work is best defined by its delicate craftsmanship and by the transformation of everyday and found objects into works of art. Through the manipulation of found items and images - such as ceramic sculptures, paintings, photographs, printed paper and books - Cockburn, who lives and works in the UK, evokes a sense of both the new and the spontaneous.

Cockburn studied at Central St Martins School of Art and Design and Chelsea School of Art, London. Through the combination of second-hand objects and creative labour, Cockburn contradicts the generic and mass-produced with something crafted, imbuing her intellectually and physically worn objects with value. Techniques such as the childlike embroidered patterns that feature on found photographs and printed images, draw the viewer in to a sculpted journey of labour and creation. Cockburn's work challenges the means by which things are seen and visually digested, shown by the playful visual exploration of the materials she employs.

Julie Cockburn's embellishment of found paintings and photographs by embroidering, painting and reassembling, delivers the images out of redundancy into a meaningful present.
- Jonathan P Watts, 2012

Work in collections of

  • Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, NL
  • Art in Embassies, USA
  • British Land, London, UK
  • Caldic Collection, NL
  • Collection R. Patt, Brussels, BE
  • John Jones, London UK
  • Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art, NL
  • Pier 24, San Francisco, USA
  • The Arts Club, Dover Street, London, UK
  • The Ivy, London, UK
  • The Wellcome Collection, London, UK
  • Yale Center for British Art, USA