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Flight Path: Julia Powles

29 January 2021 - 21 March 2021


Artist(s): Julia Powles

Location: Atrium Space

Flight paths are invisible maps that record global travel. By following the path of a vehicle in flight two disparate geographical points become invisibly linked. Taking the idea of invisible linkages as its conceptual starting point, this exhibition uses everyday materials to record and translate the flight paths made by Julia’s father through all the miles he ever flew.

An avid record keeper, her father annotated his life through numbers and charts. In making Flight Path, the empirical nature of this data has been transformed into a soft sculpture drawing by using waste paper. Her father’s bills, pamphlets, and receipts have been used as the filling for cut-up blankets that are then stitched and pinned in loops. These textile lines circle back onto themselves in never-ending echoes and reverberations-reminiscent of aviation aerial pathways. Glossy pink props elevate the sculpture above the floor to heights that correspond with significant mileages taken from her father’s travel record.

Image credit: Julia Powles, Flight Path Sketch, 2020, coloured pencil on paper.

Artist Talk and Performance: Saturday 13 March, 1pm

Join artist Julia Powles in conversation with writer Emma Nixon as they discuss the ideas underpinning Flight Path. Presented at Incinerator Gallery and broadcast via Zoom, Julia and Emma will explore themes of familial ties and reimagined journeys.

This is a free online event, however bookings are essential. Tickets will be available soon.