Juliette Pearce is a French South African artist born in 1989.
She currently lives and works in Florence. Her works are oil paint on canvas.
City & Guilds of London Art School (2009 – 2012)
BA Hons Fine Art Painting
City & Guilds of London Art School (2008 – 2009)
Foundation in Art & Design
Juliette Pearce uses oil paint to reflect upon places that she has visited; places that, though seemingly lifeless, have got as much to do with life as life itself. Based on photographs, these paintings bring forth an outlandish realness which instantly draws the viewer into the scene. Pearce's work creates contrasts on various different levels. The chosen perspectives turn the visitor from a 'viewer' into a 'voyeur', observing a scene which bizarrely depicts no living being to be observed. Built by humans for humans, these places create an atmosphere that goes way beyond desertion. Though Pearce mostly applies bold, sometimes even acidic colours to her paintings, these do not as expected turn the paintings into lively reproductions of the original photographs. If anything, these eye-catching colours genuinely increase the contrast between lively and lifeless, involvement and exclusion, absence and presence. Pearce’s paintings and her use of colour are a perfect example of how colours can communicate an idea or atmosphere which in its original form would not be connected to them.
For this project I would like to explore the idea of space by exhibiting a painting puzzle piece of a gas meter structure. I have divided a 160 x 120 cm composition into 48 wood panel pieces that measure 20 x 20 cm individually. These puzzle pieces can be placed on a background structure at the leisure of the viewer. Each piece is numbered and if one follows the numerical instruction it will result in the original composition. However these pieces can also be mixed up or placed at different 90 degree angles, which allows for new compositions to emerge. My aim for this piece was to see the interaction of the audience with the artwork and to encourage the viewers to bring their creative and playful natures to the exhibition to move the pieces around. I believe that the choice of imagery which includes many straight lines lends itself well to this type of manipulation. Alongside this piece I would like to exhibit two other paintings called 'Laundromat' and 'Windows'. These two paintings also explore my fascination with the empty spaces of our everyday life. In this respect I think the themes explored in my artwork relate well to the oddly familiar yet non specific nature of a hotel room. I would also be very excited to create other similar 'painting puzzles' for the January exhibition.