Practice

Julie Roch-Cuerrier’s practice focuses on the passage of time as a living subject and in the temporal and transformational processes of matter. Through an array of mediums including sculpture, photography and installation, she explores how materials convey meanings, inviting the viewer to build a complete whole out of distinct key components. Taking form as a set of meticulous experimentations, her work is a process of encounters and transformations in which different ways of being emerge in acts of reciprocal entanglements. Through sculptural and visual compositions, she questions the agency of objects, the liminality of matter, and the spectrality of spaces where the living and non-living intersect.

In the past years, Roch-Cuerrier’s research has focused on the potential for reinterpretation and reconfiguration of time, where temporality becomes a malleable form defined by the perspective of our own consciousness. Her practice reflects on the possibility of materializing time, emphasizing the intimate sensations we have with it. The work reveals itself in an interplay of micro and macro, exploring the change in objects as it relates to the materiality of aging. Imagined as contemplative encounters, her works aim to engage audiences in a durational experience which evokes the idea of ​​a shared pace of time. 

More recently, Roch-Cuerrier went further into her research through exploring the concept of corespiration. The term co-respiration evokes a dialogue or an intimate relationship, a subliminal but fundamental event, the prefix of which intimates a with or togetherness. Through her recent projects, she aims to define and translate this notion visually. This has allowed her to explore a unit of measurement of time that is particular and unique to everyone: the act of breathing. Corespiration speaks of a common reality that evolves slowly, one breath at a time.

Julie Roch-Cuerrier, Studio demos, 2020