BIOGRAPHY

JULIA MCNEAL

McNeal combines printmaking with ceramic, using a range of print techniques to transfer texts of different kinds onto raw clay, which is then formed and fired. Her inspirations are newspaper headlines, newspaper texts, advertising signs, and other 'found' texts: her whole urban environment. She states, "The original impulse probably comes from attraction to the very early 'print-on-clay' of ancient cuneiform and wanting to express contemporary words using an ancient practice and material. Some of the more recent works include drawings on clay, life sketches from photographs of athletes and footballers especially. I also make sculptural objects related to paper and print- paper bags, keyboards, bookforms. Alongside my ceramic practice, I am trying to develop some works of print on paper."