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The Art of Julie Cockburn Blurs Retro Portraits

By: Tia Clarke - Published: • References: juliecockburn and facebook
Artist Julie Cockburn specialises in taking retro photographs, like your awkward old school photo and warping them beyond recognition. Some of Julie's work even delves into digitally distorting images from the turn of the century. The collection of arresting images have been manipulated using collage techniques, cutting and embroidery.

In some of the images, portraits of conservative women are warped and spiraled beyond recognition, whilst in others a child's school portrait is manipulated so that her face is a series of triangular kaleidoscopic features. Other images in the series see the faces of the subjects made completely void, with geometric shapes surrounding their heads. These images are a timely comment on the pressure we place on women to always look their best, by completely distorting them.