Julian's straw-people came to life in his imagination in the 1990’s when he witnessed two scarecrows appearing to conduct a conversation in a cabbage field in Norfolk. The wind caused boiler suits, filled with straw, seemed to gesticulate so convincingly. Soon, Julian had created a whole sub-strata of society in which his enchanted subjects look to recycle the objects we throw away, such as old bicycles and animal feed sacks. There is indeed a great sense of pathos and humour in seeing these imaginary folk strive, largely unsuccessfully, to fit in with human society and customs, secretly adopting behaviors they have only ever witnessed from the field.
In this piece a straw woman dressed in a plastic fertiliser sack trespasses on the human world by venturing into a clinic with her sick child. Part of its leg has fallen off! The nimbus around the head of the straw baby merely indicates its importance to her and her love for it. The poor ‘sink estate’ women in the background, carrying their own babies, doesn't seem to mind the intrusion, and even understands her concern.
Size: 44cm x 61cm (unframed)
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