Julia Thaxton, Liquid Grids

Last edited by JamFactoryArts on 31 August 2021

Venue, Timing and Cost

The Jam Factory, Hollybush Row, Oxford, OX1 1HU
Tuesday, 17 August 2021 to Sunday, 31 October 2021
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 22:00, Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Liquid Grids looks at the grey area between control and serendipity. The tension between biomorphic and geometric abstraction explores what happens when rules meet the uncontrollable.

“I love grappling with the paint's tendency to ignore guidelines, so I use techniques and materials to make the flow of the paint less predictable. I want to explore the spaces that fall outside clear definition or explanation, and when I'm making work I'm usually seeking an image that is ambiguous, something that can't be pinned down.”

A recurring theme in Julia’s work are the possibilities of multiple frames within a painting, and the blurring of boundaries or edges. An image is constrained by its edge, but there are flexible possibilities around where that edge lies, and the framing of an image invites consideration of what is inside and what is beyond its scope.

“When I see a painting I like, I always look at the edge of the canvas to see if there are clues about how it came to be, snippets of an earlier version. The drips of the paint, the accidental smudges, can contain as much poetry as the central image. I’m interested in what is beyond the edge, what is underneath when paint is scraped away, what is revealed when a veneer is peeled off.”

The paintings in this collection were made with water-based or water-soluble materials, as well as iron and copper powders, graphite, chalk, vinegar and salt.

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