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Julia Campisi

Campisi: Weaving the Past

  • Artist: Julia Campisi
  • Title: Weaving the Past, 4" x 6", 2015
  • Materials: paper collage

Over the past year my preoccupation with the medium of collage has become part of my overall creative practice. I am fascinated with the idea of taking found images and bringing them together to generate new meaning.

For Weaving the Past with the Present – The Norway Massacre, I wanted to create something that paid homage to the massacre while also recognizing the importance of the counter-monument. The counter-monument, in this instance, becomes more powerful than any plague, allegorical or realist sculptural representation could ever be. No longer is the visitor experiencing a passive reception of historical information but rather is participating in the active memory of a past experience. The hand-woven imagery brings together the horrific past while recognizing our perseverance to move forward and acknowledge those who have passed.


Julia Campisi is a photo-based artist interested in expanding the field of photographic inquiry. As a recent graduate from Ryerson University she has developed alternative processes that deal with the omnipresence of the Internet while maintaining a close attachment to the mediums material history. Her practice takes on many forms however is always rooted in the relationship between the photograph and the viewer.

Copyright Notice

Permission has been granted for image use to the Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies. All rights to images belong to the artists.

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