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Julia Masterman

Swans on a document by MA Fine Art student Julia Masterman
MA Fine Art work of a swan by Julia Masterman
Poem by MA Fine Art student Julia Masterman

The overarching theme for my work explores the silencing of women. I have been greatly influenced by the classicist Mary Beard, and the domestication of imagery that stems from the Greek and Roman classical myths.

Having focused upon the myth of Leda and the Swan, the resulting work concentrates upon Leda but includes other female mythological characters to disrupt and provide new visualised outcomes.

My use of a phenomenological approach hopes to demonstrate the power of the domesticated myth and through use of a transgressive and critical approach hopes to redirect and feature the female protagonist who has readdressed the balance of power to take ownership of her future.

Working across multiple disciplines, which include sculpture, print and paint, the work appropriates known stories and artworks to interrupt and challenge the maintenance of the patriarchy.

I have had a long career in arts education, teaching life drawing, portraiture and working in a variety of different secondary schools. Part of my professional practice has been to curate exhibitions and organise arts events to support local artists.


NUA – MA Interim Exhibition Nov 2018

Ickworth House, MHC Exhibition – 2016 ongoing

The Apex, MHC Exhibition; 2011-2016

The Lounge, Bury St. Edmunds; 2009-2015

Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery 2000

Brixton Youth Centre, Public Art 1995

Post-Graduate Exhibition, 1995

BA Degree Show, 1994

Lizzie Starling