Sculpture (MA)

Julie Maurin

 Armed with a sneaky attitude, I explore mine and other people’s ongoing greediness, whilst always in search for intimacy. From bits and pieces, people and places - the universe and his disturbing strangeness become my authentic playground. Cutting, arranging, collaging together precarious materials at a slow pace, my process is tedious and never over. I could be assimilated to an eternally curious kid, who can’t stop but play with bits of his world at large. 

Contact

juliemaurinfontana@gmail.com

https://instagram.com/me7usa

https://juliemaurin.com/

Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

The materials I am using are fragile but also toxic. It made me realize that my work was not made to be locked inside school or between 4 concrete walls. Lately, I presented « Vizavi » (face-to-face), a disposable installation taking place in various locations around the city of London. Just like a wanderer resigned to leave his possessions behind, it is a call for unshackling. These « deceptive détournements » don’t belong to a locked room and they only find their true meaning when taken outside. Therefore they are plucked from their safety nest and brought to their most vulnerable states. Adorned of uncommon and unpredictable objects, the toilet space loses its triviality and derives from anthropocentrism in order to become a space ready to be invested by new forms of artificial life. Just as you enter the toilet space to leave an accumulation of things behind, from empty cans to fecal matter - I decided to do the same and to abandon my art which now belongs to the public sphere.

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« Vizavi » speaks about how one can feel torn between his true self and a constructed social mask in a romantic relationship. It builds up a tension that is magnified by the inertia of the subject. The two-headed fish is mute, expressionless because life has ripped off his vital energy : he is dead.

Medium:

expanding foam, latex, dead fish, bones, thread
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Atmosphere
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chimeras
city
fire
History
Photography
Sculpture
Toxic
Trauma

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« Prestigyouth » is a play on words associating Prestige and Youth. During their childhood, some people might have a sense of privilege emanating from their social circle. An intense analysis is happening in the coming of age which leads to rethink our personal attitude towards the world. « Prestigyouth » now belongs to the public sphere.

Medium:

expanding foam, latex, spray-paint, posca

Size:

60 x 35 x 3 cm / 25 x 10 x 3 cm / 10 x 7 x 3 cm

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« Bad taste in my mouth » is an installation happening in my personal cabinet. Three creatures are popping out of the furniture, attracted by the light coming from above. « Bad taste in my mouth » speaks about animals versus humans. This tension can be found in the materials, the synthetic aspect of the creatures clashes with the organic nature of them. Devoid of common objects, the cabinet loses its triviality and derives from anthropocentrism in order to become a space ready to be invested by new forms of artificial life.

Medium:

latex and copper sulfate

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« Belladonna » is a sculpture enhancing the archetype of the American prom-queen. The use of typically feminine elements (crown, fake nails and blood…) are initially inspired by pictures found online and hand-made drawings. « Belladonna » is also a reference to a plant which was used in the Middle Ages by women to enhance their beauty. Plant that would eventually have a lethal effect on the person if absorbed in high quantities. It also serves as a metaphorical suggestion that women - under constant social constraints that force them to give a lot of importance to their appearances - see their minds being insidiously and gradually poisoned by such a narrow perspective of self-expression. « Belladonna » has been made mixing our influences together and will be presented in Berlin at « Banality of Evil in Our Daily Lives » show.

Medium:

stainless steel, glass, 3d printed elements, found objects

Size:

150 x 40 x 60cm
Launch Project

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primitive and sexual desires

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« Fake da Funk » is a series of silent videos highlighting the aptitude that people might have concerning their daily life where they tend to perform all the time for a living by working themselves to death. « Fake da Funk » depicts a family complex where the father is implanting his power mostly inherited to his children but also transposed upon a crowd of people. « Fake da Funk » depicts how one man’s job can change interwoven relationships and how traumas might be repeated. It shows how the not so simple act of talking to yourself in the presence of someone else can eventually become a lie that you tell on a miserable sofa.

Size:

between 3 - 17 sec

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