Juju’s work refers to ethereal figurative landscapes, but equally straddles abstraction through a fluid use of colour and composition. In the quest to create transcendental scenes, Juju begins by envisaging a visual or physical experience, and then works on the canvas over a period of four to eight weeks: spilling, soaking, staining and reworking. Focus is centred on eliminating the brush gesture, resulting in a fluidity of colour that evokes a sensory response of the real and the imagined.
Her work embodies movement reflective of current perceptions and self-exploration. Each painting is an autonomous creation revealing an exploration (and the celebration) of diverse emotion, impulse, chance, the accidental and the unpredictable.
Juju moved to Sydney in 2006 to undertake a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts- majoring in painting. The networks and techniques developed during her degree and whilst working for Blue Mountain artist, Terrance Plowright, provided her with the experience and opportunities to broaden her technical skills, create art for private collectors and businesses and exhibit on numerous occasions, both solo and collaboratively (9 Regent Street, Paddington, Sydney 2017 // Wagga Wagga Art Gallery 2011 + 2013 // Somedays Gallery, Surry Hills 2009 // SCA Postgrad Show 2008 // The Wall, Surry Hills 2008 // Wesley Art Show, USYD 2004 + 2007).
The years of study, including a Masters in Teaching (Visual Arts), combined with the influence of travels to Africa, India, Nepal, Thailand and Japan has informed Juju’s work and enabled the emergence of a style that is lyrical and enchanting, inviting the observer to be drawn into the whirling mass of pigment stained canvas and layers of amber shellac.