Julie Nord (1970-), Nothing's Real, 2003
A new generation of artists have returned to the classic disciplines of painting and drawing after a period where media such as photography and video held sway. For example, Julie Nord resembles many of her contemporaries with her interest in drawing as a vehicle of artistic expression in its own right.
With her sharp – both literally and metaphorically – pen, the artist fills in the white paper with detail after detail, all of them adding up to form scenes from the fantastic world of fairytales.
A nostalgic feel
Nothing’s Real has an almost nostalgic feel with a group of children posing as they would do in old photographs from the 19th century. They are surrounded by animals, among others a small bird wearing a Cinderella headscarf in the best Disney style, but this idyll is disrupted by the seated girl’s crooked eyes, which look anything but innocent, and by an invisible figure whose shadow forms a dark shape on the wall. In the middle of it all a great white hole disrupts the illusion.
The title Nothing's Real
The picture’s title, Nothing’s Real, indicates that the work occupies several levels of (un)reality where the concrete, white area of nothingness appears to be the most real element in the unreal world of the drawing.