Toronto, Canada

JULIE PASILA (Toronto, Canada)



Julie Pasila is a photographer & visual artist from Toronto, Canada. She completed her MFA at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts and her BFAH at the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art & Music. Her work has been shown throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe, and she has participated in artist residencies in Finland, Iceland and Italy.

Artist Statement:

I use photographic processes to create visual investigations of the landscape. The experimental techniques used in my most recent work produce images that are impressions, rather than representations, of a common photographic subject. Framing the work within a larger context of exploration and research, I aim to position photographic representation (and its abstraction) as a kind of scientific inquiry.

The starting point for my current work is the exposure of light sensitive photographic papers to daylight and other natural elements. The resulting images, which are considered a type of lumen print, describe impressions made directly onto these materials by elements such as sunlight, snow, rain and earth. Throughout the seasons, a variety of natural elements will be sampled to create an in-depth exploration of the subtleties and nuances of a changing landscape.

Exploring the landscape through these experimental processes allows me to play with the boundaries of the photographic medium to find new perspectives, and it also invites a unique collaboration: by removing traditional photographic materials from the camera and darkroom, nature becomes a co-creator of the work. Acting as a kind of artistic pseudo scientist, I’m interested in using my practice to further explore this collaboration with the natural world.

Practice Statement: How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?

My current work is directly informed by the reaction between analogue photographic materials and the landscape. The experimental photographic processes employed in my work open up new ways of documenting and image-making, and they also contribute to a larger, ongoing body of research that is central to my practice.