Interview Formidable Illustrator and Artist Julie Verhoeven
As the daughter of an illustrator and a graphic designer, and sister of a painter, Verhoeven has increasingly shared the family passion for art, incorporating sculpture, animation, installations and videos into her practice.
When she’s not holding often cheeky exhibitions all over the world or contributing to publications including Dazed & Confused, she also teaches fashion at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. She’s a serious contender for our busiest Monday Muse yet.
THE WICK: Talk us through a typical Monday.
JULIE VERHOEVEN: Despite the excessive clutter I live and work in, a typical Monday runs like military manoeuvres, without the physicality or company. A 5am alarm call from Ernie the cat, followed by a 6.30am swim, my favourite time of the day. If I get started at my studio sometime before 9am, psychologically I feel like I’m getting ahead of the working day. It’s downhill from there, as I’m fighting to get things done before I start to wane around 3pm.
TW: Your work provokes and satirises manners, why is this important to you?
JV: I don’t know. It’s a rather juvenile, guttural response, I suppose. I often feel stifled, and frustrated by my overmannered output, so I try to push it a tad and amuse myself.
TW: What exciting projects have you got coming up?
JV: I am working on a collaborative picture book with Scottish artist Alan Faulds. We share a lot of similar interests, fashion, performance, pop music and are making works together and independently, in response to each other. Alan is part of an artists’ studio collective, www.kmadotcom.art.
TW: You work across fashion, illustration, performance, collage and film. Do you have a favourite medium?
JV: My current favourite medium, by far, is video. Purely because I can crowbar in all of the above and then add music to amplify the ‘message’. I feel the most vocal in this medium and it’s a great editing tool to control my visual overload tendencies.