Julie-Ann Simpson

(b 1992United Kingdom. Lives and works in Glasgow)

Using observations and memories as starting points, Simpson’s practice attempts to make the intangible visible. She is interested in the ambiguity and disorientation that can result from everyday juxtapositions. The porous boundaries between interior and exterior spaces, man and nature, dreams and reality. She says, “In some ways, I employ a synesthetic approach, exploring the language of painting to describe a sensory experience.”

Her latest body of work, developed from a recent two-month residency in Japan, considers our relationship with the natural world, whilst bringing together ideas around imagination, ritual, memory, pleasure and language. She uses this experience as a lens to better understand the folklore of her native islands, and to create a new personal mythology.

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