Julie Cockburn – Stickybeak
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Julie Cockburn – Stickybeak

by Chose Commune


“Stickybeak” is Julie Cockburn’s first full-length monograph.
The book coincides with Cockburn’s solo exhibition “Telling it slant” at the Flowers Gallery in London, UK (September 12-November 2, 2019)

We are all, to some extent, slimy beaks. Many of my fictional heroes and heroines spend their time investigating, or at least snooping into, other people’s business: Miss Marple, Lieutenant Columbo, Margo Leadbetter. There are even spy stories in my family’s not-so-distant history. Anyone with a social media account is engaging in a little staging – it’s human nature to be curious.

The work in this book was made over a period of twelve years, some one-off experiments, others part of ongoing series that I add to over time. Each piece began with a search for the perfect image, setting myself vaguely rigorous parameters. I selected used postcards, old photographs, fox bookplates and my own childhood drawings. And each of these foundlings had a different story, an unknown or forgotten story to tell. By submitting to my interventions, they were transformed from silent, redundant orphans into material objects with a regenerated heartbeat.

I see this book as a continuation of that process. The editors rummaged through the hundreds of images in my archive in the same way I rummage through the pages of online marketplaces or the mixed tables of car boot shows. My hand embroidery and intricate collages are slightly altered here, with the sequence of images hinting at a gentle, humorous narrative. We’ll all read it differently, stopping at the pieces that speak to us most strongly, in our favorite language. But in essence, this narrow selection, our chosen set of consequences, examines how we see ourselves and each other, and the ambiguity of life on many levels.

Julie Cockburn

SKU: FIS-BOK-094 Category:

Publisher: Chose Commune
Graphic design: Bureau Kayser
Format: 210 x 300 mm
Pages: 88 pages, 70 photographs
Hard cover

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Dimensions 21 × 30 cm
Livre + Tirage de tête

Tirage photographique 18 x 24 cm signé et numéroté de I à XX

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Chose Commune

Chose Commune est une maison d'édition indépendante française, basée à Marseille.
Chose Commune édite et publie des livres d'artistes dans les domaines de la photographie et des œuvres sur papier. Chose Commune est dirigée par Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi, co-fondatrice avec Vasantha Yogananthan.

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