ARTIST & LOGO CREATOR
I started making art because I felt the need to give sense to the pack of X-rays of myself that were sitting at home. I have many X-rays of my body. Some minor traumas at my skull or back gave me the chance to access to a great medical material which is amazing.
Our body is a beautiful machine and we can learn a lot about it form experiences that usually people look at with fear or anxiety like accidents or traumatic events. Our body has a great ability to recover and we must not forget that whatever we came across. What is important is that the healing process comes with a better understanding of ourselves.
When I started making my first works I always mixed flowers and plants overlaid onto my X-rays. The role of nature as part of the healing factor is very important and we can see it every day. In fact I believe we are part of a bigger entity which includes nature and embraces our universe. We are all part of the same energy and this is something I try to convey in my works. In the end all my works are very intimate self-portraits where I look at the most hidden structure of my body and reinvent it with a new language and a deeper understanding of who I am and where I am going to. I also like colours. I absolutely love colours and the way they relate to each other and how they can work differently together in patterns or arrays. So I colour my X-rays as part of the understanding of the body-machine. I convert the monochrome images of the bones, the chilling, clinical black and white images become a rainbow of colours and become part of this bigger energy I feel we belong to.
I recently contacted UCL asking to be part of a research program and in change get an MRI of my brain. They use American software called Freesurfer that is capable of building a 3D model of the brain from the MRI Images. So now I have a 3D model of my brain I can work with for my next projects. It was an amazing experience to be able to see my brain in 3D thanks to this new technology.
I believe we can all learn from traumas and through the healing process we can think of creating something beautiful for ourselves or other people to learn and share.
The body is a beautiful machine, I believe it’s part of this amazing bigger entity which is our universe and there is an amazing balance between all the objects that are part of it and an energy that regulates all the processes from the microscopic ones to the interaction between galaxies. We must learn how to listen to this energy and convey all the positivity that we can get into a creative input.
DULWICH OPEN HOUSE
Julia’s paintings are colourful, lively and quite rough. Sometimes warm, sometimes strange. They include figures, animals, still life, especially tea scenes, and more recently abstract work.
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
“Elephant in the room” is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is going unaddressed.
The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.
Artist Submission Form
‘Our objective is to advance the use of drama, music, the media and the arts as a way to educate people, whilst improving and building relationships within the communities regardless of differences of creed, colour, race or sexual orientation for the benefit of the public.’
Media Community Network Ltd was founded in 2006. In partnership with a number of schools and organisations, we have collaborated with experts to produce 10 short mediated films addressing issues affecting young people. Such issues range from poverty, disability and marginalisation to diversity and inclusion in the wake of the Olympics as well as addressing children affected by domestic violence, regeneration, child neglect and bullying.
Our current project COOL TO BE KIND addresses low level bullying, which cannot be discussed by individuals openly for fear of retribution. This can happen in the classroom, in the workplace and/or in the home, however the root often fails to be identified or is overlooked and absorbed.
Our upcoming project is an anti-bullying arts exhibition at Menier Gallery, titled and themed ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM for which we are currently confirming artists to work with schools or organisations (in London and) across the UK. Artists will be required to watch the accompanying film in a group and participate in a brainstorm to inspire your group and to create a piece of art that illustrates the “Elephant in the Room”.
The categories are music, art, poetry and film. The school/organization will each hold their own competition and submit the best piece to be hung or exhibited at Menier Gallery. Human mannequins will wear the fashion items. The established artist will also submit their person piece (for auction, if they so wish- the donation is agreed by the artist) to be hung in the exhibition at Menier Gallery. We hope to invite aspiring graduates as well as professional artists to be a part of this project.
CENTRAL ST MARTIN
In 2015 Mike received an invitation to join the team of artists working on Westminster Cathedral’s Way of Mercy Stations for the Jubilee Year of Mercy contributing two paintings – the Merciful Father and the Conversion of St Paul both paintings are now on permanent loan to parishes in the diocese of Westminster. Recent exhibitions have included ‘Resurrection – an exhibition of contemporary Christian art’ at the Hurtado Centre and Farm Street Church, which he also helped to curate and ‘Camaradas’ an exhibition of Anglo-Mexican artists collaborating hosted by the Mexican Embassy at the Menier Gallery.
Mike has recently been engaged in a number of commissions for parishes in Westminster and is currently staging an exhibition at the Servite Church in Fulham with St Patrick’s Studios and invited artists.