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.
Juju’s upcoming show ‘Unearth’ opens at 6pm Friday 2nd August, 2019 at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. Through this series, Juju investigates the tension in the ways we experience and respond to nature. By leaving the works vulnerable to the natural environment and allowing the wind, sun and rain to have their effects, she surrenders control from an aesthetic point of view.
Juju is now living on a farm in Mangoplah, NSW, 25 minutes from Wagga Wagga. She spends her time working between a shared studio space on Fitzmaurice St and a discarded shearing shed on their farm.