Julie Ourceau

My recent work has been a search to discover how we have created our cities and changed our landscapes. I have lived, studied, and practiced architecture in various large cities, where the dependence on rivers directly influenced how our built forms have developed. I see myself as a hybrid mix of artist and architect; one who tries to relate the minutiae of the built world —traces, material and layers—to the abstract dimensions of the earth's self-motivated methods. Using techniques of drafting, watercolour and other processes of direct material contact I am finding ways of collaborating with the actual water, clay, sand and traces of a particular moment in time.

I like to think that the works on paper on which I assemble these different drawing methods represent a kind of inventory or document about the state of our cities. I want to reveal both the energy and beauty of it, as well as show its condition of critical, even terminal, changes.