As a painter, photographer and sculptor my multi-disciplinary practice transforms found objects into something new, seemingly organic; growing and evolving.
My current work, ‘Computer Component Bugs’ incorporates the printed ephemera from inside discarded computers and gadgets. The recycled bits of cultural refuse that are woven throughout my work represent a direct encounter with the excesses of modern living highlighting the dangers of planned obsolescence and e-waste in the environment. I use found and manufactured materials because they can comment upon the accumulation of cultural debris and become their own subjective universes as they build form into patterns of the communicative behaviour of life processes.
My investigation process is focused around the idea of creating a stylized representation of organic structures through geometric patterns, networks and configurations often based on mathematic formulae found in the natural world. Paradoxically, this cultural debris also contains symbolic reference to our values and our diversity; celebrating human ingenuity and knowledge passed down through generations. The work displays an aesthetic beauty whilst offering a socio-political discourse, attempting to reclaim waste and the destruction of the natural world, in the beauty of visual art. The visual aesthetics of my work plays on our desires for beauty, poetics and enchantment. I engage these themes and contradictions, fashioning detritus into visionary objects that synthesize, inspire, amuse, renew and provoke.
My current work in progress in which my ‘Computer Component Bugs’ are being arranged into patterns and mandalas, is a direct response to Damien Hirst’s Entomology Series.
I am a full time freelance artist and regularly exhibit my work in group and solo shows often with accompanying themed workshops.
I have decided to write a blog. I’m not even sure what a ‘blog’ is and I don’t like the word ‘BLOG’ but that’s besides the point. I am led to believe that a blog is pretty much like a website but also a journal. So its not just about putting up images of your work and selling; its also a platform on which you can really go into great detail about your work. I’m on a roll with my Facebook art page, ‘Julie Alice Chappell Artist’ which is pretty good for someone who was completely computer illiterate just a few years ago so now I think its time to boost my on-line presence further, after all, it is most important for artists to do this in this day and age. ‘You should not keep all your eggs in one basket’ is the expression and its true! Especially now with Facebook starting to get fairly restrictive with who can see your posts and constant requests to ‘boost’ your posts financially. I have ventured into Twitter, Pinterest and Etsy just vaguely but I really need somewhere I can really natter on about my art practice to my heart’s content without invading anyone’s ‘timeline’. I get so many questions asked about my work on Facebook and I need somewhere I can direct people with a genuine interest in what I do. Where to start? Where to start? I fear if I start at the beginning I will never catch up with myself so I have decided to start right here at the present with the work I am creating right now. This way I can dip in and out of the past recollecting past influences and inspirations describing how they have affected my present work and how they might be used in future work. I should give a brief explanation of my art practice to start with though. Here goes………