Julie Battist

I grew up in Melbourne, Australia and graduated from the Australian National University School of Art in 2006 in Canberra with a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in painting.  I chose ANU for its focus on practical techniques and the option of taking a conjoint degree (I also holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations and Italian).

I spent 10 years in Melbourne trying to find a balance of work and art while working for a fashion company. At the end of 2014 I went back to study and graduated with a Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash University, and spent 2 years in teaching Studio Arts and Photography before moving to New Zealand. At the end of 2016 I moved to Rawene in the far north of New Zealand and have been living there for two years focusing on making art full time.

My interest in flowers came from a desire to focus on small and natural things as a form of escapism. For many years my default approach to a busy life meant I that I didn’t notice the beautiful ‘little things’ that surrounded me in my daily life. The process of photographing and painting flowers was a way for me to counteract this. Through enlarging photos and playing with scale I had the opportunity to spend months focusing on, and getting lost in these very same small things I once ignored.              

I have been influenced heavily by Baroque and 17th century still life paintings, they have built up my love of dramatic lighting and my interest in trying to capture different textures. Oil panting for me is a slow process, and more instantaneous nature of photography has always felt like a lovely foil to this process.

The photographs included here have been printed locally in NZ onto satin, which allows a crisp print quality and enhances the texture of the image.