Julia Bradshaw treats photographs as malleable two-dimensional material, creating topographical landscapes and geometric shapes from source-photographs that refer to the fore-edges and top-edges of paperback books. She is interested in creating an infinite variety of forms and shapes that refer to the original photographed object but evoke a different sensibility: segmented geometrical forms reference her interest in the roots of minimalist abstraction whereas horizontal stacks of books are combined to suggest gently rolling topographical landscapes. In making the work, Bradshaw utilizes a variety of photographic techniques, from historical darkroom techniques to current computer-based photographic imaging.
“As a photographer, I am envious of the playful methods of automatic drawing and the opportunity painters have to be resolutely experimental with form. This is my response to that envy. By working with source photographs in a shape-shifting manner, in much the same way a ceramicist might use clay, the photographs become malleable and have infinite creative possibilities,” Bradshaw said.
Gallery View at Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University