Julia Roche is an artist based on Wiradjuri country, near Wagga Wagga. Her practice embraces a collaboration with the environment that simultaneously impacts and inspires her work. Responding to her immediate surroundings, Roche works across different materials to create large-scale works on paper that evoke the essence of place and mark moments in time. Using natural charcoal, pastels, acrylic, oils and shellack, Roche’s layering process and mark making techniques utilise the artist’s physical gesture, conjuring both the real and the illusionary.
Roche’s process of leaving works outside and vulnerable to natural elements allows mist, rain, sunlight, and debris to become imprinted on the canvas. These elements are invited to resist or unite with the charcoal, acrylic paint, and other mark-making materials. Working from a repurposed woolshed studio, Roche is often susceptible to the seasons as changes in the weather are felt and seen through the gaps in the corrugated iron of her studio. This experience pushes Roche’s practice, allowing it to morph intuitively to let artworks be shaped by her experiences, changing emotions and connection to place.