Julie Parker - Artist
The spaces that we inhabit and the traces that we inevitably leave are at the forefront of my practice. I think of human traces as subconscious drawings on our everyday surroundings, when we simply walk across a floor we leave our mark. Dust contains particles of our bodies and we leave some of it wherever we go, it is the ultimate human trace and is also an excellent medium for further traces. These indexical marks in the dust show the history of our movements, an alternative record of history.
In recent years I have been collecting, and working with, tumble dryer lint, gently exploiting its soft fluffy sensuality and the recoil of the viewer on the realization that this material is a composite of dead skin, hair and other body particles. Tumble dryer lint has the same constituents as dust but with a higher proportion of fibres from clothing and bedding. Worn against the body, clothing carries both human traces and nostalgic memories of events. This soft grey dead material carries not only physical human traces but the residual memories of the events, rituals and rites of passage of daily life.
Making work for upcoming exhibition at Museum of Arts and Design in New York
"Swept Away; Dust, Ashes and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design"
© Caroline Nieuwenhuys (photographer)