1979-81 Bristol Polytechnic, BA 1978-79 Berkshire College of Art and Design
Julian Perry’s work responds to humanity’s complex relationship with the landscape and his contribution to Cure3, North Sea Still Life, remains faithful to this. In his own words, this piece is a “secular diptych to rising sea levels”.
Perry was invited to participate in Cure3 in 2018 and he embraced whole-heartedly the challenge to make the ‘leap’ from the comforts of the two dimensions into the third. By utilizing a mirror in the back panel, the viewer was granted access to see the second ‘hidden’ landscape suspended within the cube.
Through this artwork, Perry continues his exploration of the three-dimensional space to depict our often problematic relationship to the natural landscape; here, the images form part of his ongoing study of the erosion of the Suffolk coast. By using the diptych, a traditionally religious form of representation, the artist glorifies the landscape and thus encourages the viewer to value its preservation and become more aware of one’s responsibility towards nature. The fact that one of the views is hidden, creates a discourse around the fragility of our ever-changing landscapes.