Macabre Mementos: Art by Julie Dives
Julie Dives, our featured artist for the day, is a graduate of Vancouver’s Emily Carr University and is now based in Kelowna. In her current practice she is working on a series of macabre mementos, a collection of works in various mediums that share a fondness for cabin aesthetics and taxidermy.
I find a lot of interest in the way that Julie combines realistic paintings and drawings of animals with materials – like wood – which, while natural, are used in a more processed state, connecting to the use, disappearance, and eventual memory of her animal subjects, as well. Technically, Julie’s work is highly skilled, and she has talent for several different mediums – in her oil paintings she manages both to utilize the specific advantages of the medium, yet still emulate the colours and tones of a wood burned image or a print.