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|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Introduction||In my work, I attempt to reclaim the innocence and curiosity of childhood.|
Each compartmentalized piece displays a single scene with virtually no context. Viewers are encouraged to use their imaginations in order to develop a narrative explaining the scene.
The use of small, doll-sized scenes, not only draws people in physically, but also makes the darker imagery less threatening, permitting the viewer to assign a wide range of moods to the work depending on their personal interpretation.
The unnatural size also allows viewers to feel as though they are looking at a world completely separate from their own, where the rules that govern their own lives do not necessarily apply.
Many of the works emphasize our relationship with the natural world; something that, much like innocence, I believe is lost as we grow older. This connection to the natural world is most clearly illustrated in my paintings.
The works reflect my desire to re-insert myself into the natural order and often exhibit my tendency to assign human personalities to animals.
-Julia Hepburn, Toronto, ON, Canada