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

Discarded Found and Blown glass with cuttings'Ode To Intuición' Series, 201419 x 10 x 10 cm approx. each

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’.