As an artist I enjoy working with figures and animals, combining them in a way that tells a story, creates a sense of the unexpected, and perhaps puts a smile on the face of the viewer.
Julie Ross reimagines narratives from a range of sources;
literary nods to The Bible, Greek Mythology, Fables, and Nursery
Rhymes, as well as art-historical references from painting and
sculpture, are often recognisable elements in her work.
Hand-built porcelain clay works and wax-and-bronze sculptures
compliment oil paintings within Julie's practice. Julie utilises
playful, witty, and surreal components to comment on issues
regarding contemporary society, personal experiences, and humanity.
Figures with half-human, half-animal features frequently appear in
Julie's work; these playful figures are characters created in
response to the ideas, teachings, metaphors, and symbols we
encounter in so many narratives. An engaging and masterful
storyteller, her surrealist and illustrative style is layered with
multiple meanings and innuendos. This allows Julie to tell a visual
story that is simultaneously whimsical yet critiquing, individual
In 2005, Julie received a BFA with Honours from Canterbury
University, followed by a Masters in Painting in 2011. She has
exhibited across New Zealand and Melbourne. In November 2016, Julie
exhibited a new body of work in her show Rabbitat,
which illustrates an exploration into society and humanity through
metaphor, allegory, anthropomorphism, and humour.
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