I made the series Cultural Landscapes with scanned or downloaded images from European paintings of landscapes, digitally joined with my own photographs of Latin-American sights (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Peru)
My production has landscape as its central element as well as the intersections between the natural and the created; questioning that even what we consider natural is actually the result of a figment of culture. Through collage and photography, I show how the same territory can be shaped up to convey a different landscape to each new viewer.
Our observation is conditioned by the multiplicity of ways in which landscape has been represented along the history of art; therefore we do not observe our surroundings in a static, unique and truthful way, but as a plastic production. The observation of the artist is a possibility, one look at the world.
The way in which environment is represented is the shape the world takes up.
Julia Romano was born in 1978, in Santa Fe, Argentina. She is a Professor and Licentiate in Plastic Arts from the Cordoba National University, Argentina. In her last production, she is interested in contemporary theories that approach landscape as an object of representation in the history of art and thinks about on the possibility of creating one’s own landscape through personal stories. In her works, this genre is transformed into digital collages made with photographic images taken by her of places in Argentina and other Latin American countries, and landscape paintings by classical European artists. With this material, she makes compositions that result in landscapes that float on the white of the paper like personalized islands or oases. She also develops installation works where nature is synthesized in artificial gardens that invade different architectures. She has participated in numerous contests and exhibitions, both individual and collective, at home and overseas. Her work is part of important public and private collections. She lives with her partner and their three kids in La Calera nearby Cordoba city, Argentina.
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