Produces work that is about seeking out and examining traces of nature and fragile glimpses of things that have existed, natural or man made in her immediate environment. Working from her South London studio in her garden, much of her work is based on what she finds and sees as she journeys up and down from the house to the studio. Julia McKenzie’s inspiration comes from living in the city and the natural landscapes around us. Her work starts with drawings which evolve into intricately detailed laser cut designs or screen prints, often of the the hidden or concealed insect or bird life that live alongside us in the city.
She says of her work “My drawings form a bridge between my urban living and the natural world.”
“I look for bones, plants, insects and birds. I like residues and husks of animals, plants or minerals that have survived long enough for me to find and examine. I celebrate the fragile, the forgotten, the broken and the beautiful.”