Artist Statement

Firmly grounded within an eco-socio-political context, Jules Bishop’s artistic practice addresses the discourses of terror, trauma and crisis. She applies a methodology of approaching her work using a prism of liminality.  Her practice has evolved, with versatility, to encompass a multitude of different mediums including sculpture, video, performance, and, most recently, installation and participation.  

Initially informed by a close personal relationship with acts of terror, Bishop has diversified her inquiries to encompass notions of liminality on a broader scale.  Her particular research interest and studio practice focus on agency during the liminal moment.  The urgency and agency of the climate crisis, mirror, in a contemporary temporal view of eco-aesthetics, the Duchampian-Burdenesque definition of the ‘inframince’ (the ultrathin) moment.  Marcel Duchamp described this as, that moment between the sound of a gun being fired and seeing the mark of the bullet appear on a target.  To Bishop, this defines the same ‘ultrathin’ moment of a vacuum as a bomb goes off.  Her current enquiry poses the question of agency before the ‘tipping point’ and the place of no return with reference to the climate crisis.

Visceral in its nature, Bishop’s practice thrives on liveness. Improvisation, within predefined parameters, takes on the unknown and grows.  There is no predefined outcome, and, with audience participation, her work lends itself to evolution.  Jules Bishop’s performative practice affords dialogue and communication on a communal level and brings art out of the gallery space.

Jules Bishop is a Fine Art student at the University of Northampton.