Julia Roach

STATEMENT

I reference artists’ images. By examining the historical portrayal of women I produce paintings. The preoccupations I have are unchanging. The methods I employ both in my painting and the other media I use are in flux.

To see the unseen and to unsee the seen is my agenda. I want to extend my looking, experiment with new ways of both painting and exhibiting my work.

I introduce references from all media because these copies are not simply of the images but something which lies beneath the surface so that I am seeing what is essentially unseen. The need to convey meaning visually requires a vocabulary as wide as any verbal one and therefore I am extending my vocabulary constantly.

Men are not excluded from the equation as the majority of paintings and images of women were produced by men in a world where it is women who give birth.

My practice includes observational figurative painting and whilst I am drawn to narrative, my painting is largely about what emerges not what is predetermined.

I like to examine ritualistic behaviour and the voyeurism which drives artistic curiosity. This is taking the route of examining religion and entertainment as a form of exhibitionism.