“Hidden Memories” by UK artist Julie Edwards
“Hidden Memories” is inspired by the book, “The Bear and The Nightingale’’ by Katherine Arden. Julie: “In these paintings, I have endeavoured to achieve the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale. However, one that is darker and more lyrical. I am trying to explore how society can be persuaded through fear or ignorance to act against its own interest so easily; a rather apt tale for our times. It’s a book full of stories of sorcery; folklore and old magic frowned upon by the church. What intrigued me was creating paintings that balanced ideas between the real and the spiritual world and of hidden depths and truths; beliefs; rituals; and memories. “Hidden Memories” is atmospheric and enchanting but with a sense of growing forces of dark magic beckoning in the woods: an evocative world of hidden depths between myth and reality.”
“Hidden Memories” is part of Julie’s new “Balance” series. Finding a balance between contrast, layers, random and controlled line. Softness and dynamism, realism and abstraction, memory and stories.
Meeting the artist
For our Meeting the Artist blog series, we met Julie Edwards in her studio in Wolverhampton, UK (11/2017). We talked about what inspires her as an artist, her background, and brought her story home to you. You can read all about this visit in our “Meet the Artist” blog, or a more recent Q & A with her.