Epaul Julien

Artist Statement 

Epaul Julien has been creating art through the medium of photography that documents the relationship between Southern Louisiana and Haiti for the past 15 years. He is continually pushing the boundaries of photography by experimenting with new techniques.

In his latest body of work Epaul freely repurposes original photographic imagery, extant images from the Internet, magazines, and newspapers, public archives and from other works of art to create a new perspective of Southeastern Louisiana. He does this to create a hyperbolical narrative of the history and nature of Southeastern Louisiana and Haiti. The work represents the physical world, but also the metaphysical aspects of reality. The dynamic spectacle of animals and ogres creates a sense of adventure combined with symbolism that leads to new ways of experiencing a unique region of world.

Notably the techniques of cut-and-paste, re-photography, double exposure, and other object oriented studio practice or finally transferred onto a gold or silver leaf substrate and coated with resin.

The energy captured in a hyperbole gives the work a fresh and critical perspective.   Epaul tries to suspend the meaning of each image and let the viewer create their personal reality. The meaning of each piece is determined by the viewer who likes the artist struggles with certain fundamentals of life in hopes of eventually finding harmony and balance. Epaul believes that how the viewer interprets the piece becomes the reality for that person.

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