Julia Bunn

Region: Northeast

Website: http://www.juliabunn.com

Since childhood, I’ve collected relics from the past: specimens of fabric, hair, blankets, underwear, gloves, leaves, flowers, wood, rocks, glass, ceramic, shells, and sand. I inquire into the memories contained within these objects and our cognitive attachment to them as symbols of personal history. Fragments are submerged into paint and assembled onto canvas. Taken together, when these objects solidify a relief is formed, as the pieces are enclosed beneath a skin of paint. I reference various historical modes of archiving and commemoration, such as the encrusted designs of embellished medieval manuscript covers and ancient reliefs. My work becomes a visual archive and memorializes its objects while reflecting on an absence of the body and an attraction to the occult.