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EMBROIDERED PHOTOGRAPHS BY JULIE COCKBURN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Julie Cockburn is an artist based in London. Her work is best defined by its delicate craftsmanship and by the transformation of every day and found objects into works of art. Cockburn’s pieces are elaborate, intriguing and beautifully executed, with an autonomy that makes one want to believe their existence.

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Her photo-based collages embellish and distort vintage images using tools that range from embroidery to Photoshop. To begin each piece, Cockburn trolls junk shops and garage sales for old photos, often studio pictures from the middle of the last century. She scans them and uses the computer to plan what she wants to do. Then she transfers the digital sketches back onto the original, and proceeds to cut or sew or draw or paint. The results subvert the decorum of the tidy portraits and landscapes she chooses, making something strange and beautiful.

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