Julie Fearns-Pheasant

Biography

Julie Ferns-Pheasant is a figurative artist/illustrator and educator with an artistic career that has spanned over thirty years. She has had several solo shows and participated in numerous joint exhibitions usually for humanitarian or community purposes. Working in several methods and techniques, her works are on paper, digital illustrations on gift cards, paintings on wood and found objects. Her themes relate to body image, human relationships and the self. Years ago, her mother assisted her to name art work titles in French., Pieces dedicated to familiars and their lost humans are originally titled in this language in honour of her mother. Fearns-Pheasant completed a Masters in Cross Disciplinary Arts and Design in 2015, and has won several awards, including a tally of five gold medals when she represented Australia in the International Abilympics over a span of six years.

Artist Statement

I work figuratively, themes related to body image and relationship with the fictional self. The narrative changes depending on experience. In the past, reflections on breast cancer and disability identity. The latest works are based on the symbolic, comforting presence of earthbound familiars that protect and warm the spaces our love ones have vacated.