September 23, 2019

September Shortlist – How can we give waste material a second chance and transform it into a precious artefact that tells a story?

Juli Bolaños-Durman, 34

Bolaños-Durman is known for facilitating the transformation of waste material and reimagining perspectives with hope. Her practice is driven by a genuine concern for the amount of rubbish we produce as consumers. So as a maker that works with a material that can be fixed through various heritage cold-working processes, it is a brilliant opportunity for the work to become a symbol of renewal. In the end, these objets d’art personify a story of potential with a bit of sass/ humour and become beacons for social change. Furthermore, the work has the potential to transcend into a much broader scope; a political stance on the current ecological crisis we are facing as a civilisation.

Juli’s diverse perspective can be easily linked to the core of her artistic statement: ‘I want to create raw pieces that are put together intuitively through the joyfulness of play, and explore different materials and ideas to challenge the boundaries of art and its meaning’.

'Ode To Intuición' Series, 2014Discarded Found and Blown glass with cuttings19 x 10 x 10 cm approx. each