Born: Weymouth, Dorset, UK 1971
Julia Fry uses her vulnerability as a basis for the artworks she creates. Julia’s work either attempts to soothe or reflect the discrimination inherent in not being a wealthy, white, straight male. Although Julia’s work did not start out as political in intent, her work cannot help but be political because of her intersectionality: white; born female to a working class mother and middle class father; gender identification with father despite abuse; sexually, physically and emotionally abused as a child; father killed himself when she was a child; fluid sexuality; low socioeconomic status; no religion to speak of as an adult, but as a child programmed by the Church of England; suffered Post Traumatic Stress symptoms as an adult; awaiting diagnosis for Autism Spectrum. At the heart of Julia’s work is a desire to play with form in the midst of discrimination and soothing. She is self-taught in drawing and painting, and studied Moving Image as an Undergrad student. Drawn to painting dots, Julia is currently fascinated by the optical illusions created by different colours and sizes of dots in patterns. In addition to making art, she facilitates creativity as a Coach and Workshop Leader.
When I couldn’t physically get away from those who were doing unspeakable things to me, I lost myself in an intimate connection with the detail of wood grain or the weave of fabric. Often in childhood I would escape to the wood at the back of our house.
A Silver Birch tree grew there that had three trunks growing out of a central trunk and when I stepped into the middle of these, it became my rocket ship. Inside my rocket my task was to peel pieces of papery bark, without breaking them, into identical horizontal strips. My whole being focused on this task and allowed me to not feel anything about what had been happening at home.
As a grown up, I have a compulsion for detail in my art. I have no idea whether this is because of or in spite of that intense connection and need to escape but I do know that I adore detail and repetition. You will see this in my work over and over. I also like to think about the meaning of my work once repetition and detail begin to establish themselves. As I add layers, I begin to see themes emerge reflecting internal and external influences such as my processing of childhood trauma and how that relates to what is going on in the world.
My work is currently about exploring the optical effect of colour and different sizes of dots within patterns.
Exhibitions and Workshops
2020 Mar – August Flow Expression Online
2020 Feb Vision Board Wonder Workshop, Brighton
2019 Nov Dubuffet Mindful Art Workshop at Investec Wealth and Investment Bank, London
2019 Oct Mindful Movement for Climbers at High Sports, Brighton
2019 Aug Mindful Movement for Climbers at High Sports, Brighton
2019 Apr Wonderland Indoor Adventure Playground for Grown Ups at Funplex, Brighton
2019 Feb Wonderland Indoor Adventure Playground for Grown Ups at Funplex, Brighton
2018 Mind Game: overcoming irrational fear in climbing at Adur Centre, Shoreham
2018 Creating Healthy Food Habits at Vegfest, Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton
2017 The Inner Resources Workshop at The Coach House, Walpole Road, Brighton
2017 The Inner Resources Workshop at my home in Brighton
2015 Singularity at University of Brighton Gallery, Grand Parade, Brighton
2014 Play in my Flat at my home in Brighton
2014 Not Punch and Judy at University of Brighton Gallery, Grand Parade, Brighton
2019 Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills at Training Qualifications UK
2015 BA (Hons) Moving Image at University of Brighton
2012 Access to Humanities and Social Sciences at Varndean College, Brighton
2009 NCFE 1 Art and Design at City College Brighton and Hove
2005 Certificate in Life Coaching at Newcastle College
1988 BTEC First Diploma in Business and Finance at Grantham College
1987 English, Maths, History, Biology, French Studies at Walton Girls’ School, Grantham
2019 Climbing Wall Instructor Award at Mountain Training
2019 Step Up: Leading Workshops at Outside In, Brighton
2019 Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills at TQUK
2019 Working with Shame at PODS, Huntingdon
2019 Graphic Novels Real Life Stories at Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2018 Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga 20 Hour Foundation Workshop, London
2018 Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence: Learning from Recent Research, USVreact at Sussex University, Brighton
2018 Graphic Novels Real Life Stories at Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2006 Associate Certified Coach at International Coach Federation, London
2006 Certificate of Coaching Skills at Coaching Development Ltd, London