I work primarily in the intaglio print processes of drypoint and collagraph, these have a tactile quality as the line or image literally leaves an indentation in the paper. For me this provides a link to the senses, and yet contrasts with the static imagery I create in which an object is frozen for a moment in the memory. The fine detail of a line on paper draws the viewer in closer, and causes a moment to pause and reflect.
Julie Arnall is a graduate of the MA Fine Art: Print course at Wimbledon College of Art, and has since taught at the University of the Arts and Kingston University. Julie currently teaches drawing and printmaking to adults in East Hertfordshire and online.
Drawing allows a more direct approach to creating an image, and recently Julie has been considering the line between observational drawing and exploring a more expressive approach to the physical mark.
The human figure provides a constant source of inspiration, as a symbol of both self-expression and awareness.
In all the work, the expression of the hand is evident. The use of line equates with a desire to run a line (both metaphorically and physically) across a figure or object – to touch through drawing, and communicate with another.