Julie Cockburn's Alteration of Found Imagery

How do you make old, vintage, faded photographs become part of contemporary photography and receive new meaning? London-based artist Julie Cockburn hand-stitched found photographs as part of her analogue manipulation.

Inspired by Jack Kerouac, James Joyce, Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick, the title comes from the proverb "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", a reference found in the literature and films of said muses, making a case on recreation done out of sheer boredom. "All Work and No Play" is likely what it is, Cockburn's way to stave off dullness.

Julie Cockburn, Gamut, 2017, Hand embroidery on found photograph (c) Julie Cockburn, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery.

The photos came from archives of studio photographs from unknown sitters dating back from the 1940's and 1950's. The images are familiar, yet nostalgic, but were given new faces through stitching an over-painting. Cockburn used geometric shapes and patterns, doodles, to enter them in conversation. Each act of embellishment, an attempt to "excavate them, physically and emotionally".

Catch the upcoming show All Work and No Play at the Flowers Gallery in London, September 6. The show will be open until September 30.

Julie Cockburn, Work Life Balance, 2017, Bronze, found plastic game parts (c) Julie Cockburn, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery; Julie Cockburn, The Pointillist, 2017, Hand embroidery on found photograph (c) Julie Cockburn, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery; Julie Cockburn, The Parachutist, 2017, Silk (c) Julie Cockburn, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery; Julie Cockburn, First Flush, 2017, Hand embroidery on found photograph (c) Julie Cockburn, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Images are from the press kit.

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