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Julia Hall Painter

Julia Hall is a UK-based artist. In her latest series Common Thread, each work depicts a dress rendered in oil paint and hand embroidery on a bare linen canvas. This series is an exploration of the relationship between these ‘High’ and ‘Low’ art forms, and the re-discovery of historically invisible women.

Whilst the very male and very public art of oil painting has been celebrated, conserved and widely displayed across the centuries, sewing has been largely confined to a feminine, domestic sphere. Looking to her own family tree, Hall interrogates patriarchal lineage. She seeks to reclaim her female ancestors, from whom a piece of sewn art – a sampler, quilt or embroidered image – is sometimes the only remnant we have left of them. Needlecraft, a skill passed from mother to daughter, forms an alternative matriarchal lineage, threading its way down through the generations.