Julie McGowan graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA (Hon's) in Fine and Applied Arts in 1998 and again in 2000 with a Master of Fine Art. With a background in traditional sculpture, McGowan has developed a wide variety of experimental processes and ways of working, which are continuously expanding and recently have become enveloped by new media processes and their continual advancement. Through the generous support of both the Arts and Disability Forum and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, McGowan has designed and delivered a wide range of projects, collaborations, exhibitions and has engaged in studio-based learning for over ten years.
McGowan is currently developing a body of work covering several types of media and crossing several disciplines including film, sound and installation. The work under development is based on bubble structures and their observation. Changing environmental conditions, lighting and structural adjustments have made the process a very hands-on experience of experimenting, learning and recording. The ongoing observation and filming has had several far-reaching unexpected outcomes and indicate the beginning of the bringing together of a long-conceived notion of a way of working through digital media, installation and time.
Mc Gowan is currently creating short film sequences and collaborating with several spiders who are living in the bubble and fibre structures.