Julie milner barratt is currently the 2015 Siganto fellow at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. This fellowship is available to artists' books makers to create a new work based on SLQ collections.
Her Siganto Fellowship project, Blair Athol Re-Cut, is a pictorial and oral history project to be realised in the form of a sculptural artist book. It will focus on "... the displacement after an entire township is relocated to make way for an open cut coal mine. This relocation of the township of Blair Athol took place in the 1970s and as a child living on nearby Blair Athol station and attending Blair Athol State School, this relocation had a direct impact on my childhood, my sense of place and my sense of community as friends and families were relocated to the nearby town of Clermont until all that was left of Blair Athol was the historic cemetery. The book will comprise of pages inlaid with etched images of historical RACQ road maps from the John Oxley Library which still pinpoint Blair Athol as a town on the map, overlaid with photographic imagery and text."
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In 2015 Julie milner barratt became one of 6 founding members of The Epicormia collective, the group are working towards a body of work for an exhibition late in 2016.
The Epicormia collective is a group of 6 artists living and working in the North Coast region of NSW who are living with or who have experience of living with an ABI either temporary or permanent, through illness, motor vehicle accident or assault.
Remember the milk is Julie’s Epicormia collective body of work that relates to the ongoing consequences of short term forgetting that happened after an episode of encephalitis in the year 2000 “one of the activities that the neurologist had me do as a brain exercise in the years following the illness was to write a list and then close my eyes and try to remember what was on the list! Since that time I have religiously kept lists in small journals. Sorting through stuff recently I realized how many of these journals full of lists I still have. The idea of immortalizing them as embroidery and then disrupting them with tea stains speaks about the importance of the list writing as a daily ritual, an affirmation of constructive progress, of doing, and getting things done!”
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