Julia McKenzie

I am an artist based in London, trained at Camberwell School of Art.  My work is primarily drawing based layered with paper cuts and collage. I make prints as well as undertake commissions and illustration work. I draw from nature and found objects I discover in the environment around me.

Fragments of printed-paper, maps and other ephemera become entangled with delicate line and printed textures. Birds, plants, insects and objects combine to create a complex narrative. Drawing, making and printing is the stuff of exploration for me; my work celebrates the lost, the overlooked and the fragile. I combine elements that weave together the urban nature that lives alongside me with echoes of things, natural and manmade, that I find on my travels.  

I look for bones, plants, insects and birds. 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, the forgotten, the broken and the beautiful.

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