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Julie Massie has taken inspiration for her wall sculptures and free standing sculptures from the fragility of the eroding coastline where she lives at Hengistsbury Head in Dorset. This coastline is constantly changing throughout the seasons as the waves break onto the shore. This fragility is represented by the delicate edges of the porcelain ceramic shards that she uses to create her work. The colours she uses are inspired by the colours of the sea, at times dull and at other time glistening in the sunshine; and the colours in the surrounding vegetation that change as the seasons change.
Her work also explores the senses, especially touch and sight. Physical touch is the fundamental element of human development and culture; and she enjoy watching people's reactions when then touch her work. What does it feel like or will it break?
Rising Stars is supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. It is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.
45 x 45 x 4 cms
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Julie's art work is inspired by looking and seeing what is around her own environment by the Dorset coast. Her ideas are drawn from direct observation: recorded by photography, drawing or impression and images from memory. She takes inspiration from the simplest things and adapts them to make ceramic wall art.
The Jurassic Coastline has been a constant source of inspiration, engaging with the fragility of the beautiful, interesting and internationally important landscape. Coasts are a product of erosion and without the sea eroding the land we would not have a coastline. The main threat to the continuation of these natural processes is the construction of coastal defenses such as sea walls, rock armour and gabions. These engineering structures disrupt the natural coastal processes of erosion and attempt to stabilise the cliffs, promoting vegetation growth which then obscures the geology and fossils. The fragile edges of her work represent the beauty and importance of this eroding landscape by the sea. Julie has also taken inspiration from the edges of waves breaking onto the shore and the different strength of these waves constantly breaking onto the shoreline. These strong and destructive waves are the primary shapers of the coastline and usually occur in the winter when the sea is cold and grey, intermingled with blues. These colours and the fragility of this coast are both reflected within her final outcomes while also exploring the senses, especially touch, sight and sound.
2016 MA Ceramics UCA, Farnham
1989 BA (Hons) Christ Church College Canterbury