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Julie Roch-Cuerrier

MA work

It Meant the World

It all started with a book: a 1981 National Geographic atlas that belonged to my family. Over the last two years, I developed a research project around it. I sanded off the surface of maps in the atlas to create ink made out of the collected pigments, using the process of erasure to look back at a history and a tradition of printmaking. The atlas is now a physical deconstruction of a printed object. The erased maps of the atlas ended up as a verification of the opaque surface of the paper behind the printed page. The whole project questions the vulnerability of the printed image; the atlas works as a metaphor addressing historical and philosophical questions.

Art is for me a way to respond to my environment, and address our sense of being in the world, whether that is physically or conceptually. I’m interested in the way history and culture is written, and in how ideas and techniques migrate. In developing new works, I am looking for ways to seek the very essence of things, to distil ideas to analyse the way we perceive them. Through my work I aim to introduce a different order of experience. Every new piece is a different proposition of the original atlas, each time represented in a further object or idea to express what I have found.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Printmaking, 2015

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Arts, University of Concordia, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2015; Objects of, Cafe Gallery, London, 2015; Young Masters Art Prize, Sphinx Fine Arts & Lloyds Club, London, 2014; International Print Biennale, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2014; Cultural Fragments, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, 2014; Bainbridge Open, Embassy Tea Gallery, London, 2014; Yesterday's Wrong Thinking, Cafe Gallery, London, 2014
  • Awards

  • Young Masters Art Prize (nominated), 2014; National Glass Centre Residency Prize, 2014; FIMA Emerging Artist Award, 2013; Albert Dumouchel Prize (nominated), 2011