NZSOS 2018

Julia Oram

What inspires your art practice?
I am inspired to make art from my environment and from being in the world. This can include ideas, politics, the environment, natural forms, discussions or through reading poetry and both fiction and non-fiction literature. My current work has a clear environmental focus which includes icebergs, landforms and references to water. I am interested in exploring images and ideas that are both beautiful and dangerous, to create a kind of mixed message to challenge and engage the audience.

What materials do you work in?
I work with a range of materials, but for my current body of work I have used fibreglass, resin, wood, stainless steel, silver and digital prints. In my broader art practice I enjoy the freedom of drawing with pen and pencil as well as developing ideas in photography and collage.

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
Half Life (2018) is a human scale iceberg/block that appears to be in the process of transforming back to life, and aims to generate discussion around our place in the world. The juxtaposition of the concepts of life and death, and manmade versus natural materials alludes to the ongoing debate around the politics of environmental change.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
“Connell’s Bay Sculpture Park, Waiheke Island. ‘Destination Art’ (Phaidon) publication to be released later in 2018. ‘Art in the Dark’ website. Julia Oram’s blog.

Where did you study?
MFA from Elam, University of Auckland, undergraduate degree at University of Natal, South Africa.

Julia Oram’s blog.
Art in the Dark website.
Connell’s Bay website.
Sculpture on the Gulf 2009 website.


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