Julanne Barry

Joy

Material: Acrylic, metallic medium and oil bars on canvas
Size: 170 x 1050 cm

created as a tribute to my mother, who died recently. She and I always shared a great love of birds, plants and flowers - and I prefer to work at a large scale, trying to emulate the incredible detail that I see in nature. This work is drawn onto prepared canvas using oil crayon for the details of the finches and waterlily flowers/leaves, with metallic highlight painted using gold metallic dust suspended in oil-based medium. Throughout the 4 phases of this work, the visual metaphors of plants and birds are used to characterise two of my mother's prominent traits; serenity (plants) and curiosity (the birds). The process of creating this piece was akin to using a giant 'sketchbook' - as the canvas was suspended in my workspace for several months - so I could work on it anytime I felt inspired or moved to do so.
Julanne is a deeply spiritual person with a cluttered and kaleidoscopic background of religion, socialism and toxic family history. Her art explores many themes of female self-expression as well as reverence for the natural world. Her mind is ever-curious, ever delighted by observations and inspirations around her. Her background in fine art and woven textile design leads her to experiment freely with media - textures and surfaces excite her as much as colours and lines. In creating, Julanne's objective is always to capture her own journey in the hope that someone may find solidarity and comfort in sharing it. Julanne's artistic expression has many sources of inspiration, the most powerful of these are her wonder at the natural world around her - which she tries to capture in detail by working often at a large scale. This natural inspiration is balanced by a historical cultural bias - her Roman Catholic upbringing has ingrained a huge variety of religious iconography into her consciousness, which is often reinterpreted in her work. Finally, her work often expresses a feminist drive that is a core belief throughout her life. Julanne is most comfortable working with traditional artistic media of paints, inks and graphite/charcoal, but also experiments with textural additions and has a technical background in woven textiles - which sometimes manifests in her work.

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