For many years Zorica Purlija and Julie Sundberg have both worked on long term portrait series of their daughters. Without having collaborated or exhibited together, their previous ongoing work reveals the meaningful coincidence of synchronicity. In Solace they have both turned from the portrait to landscape, creating layered reactions to place as if in a secret conversation. Without knowledge of the other’s work they have each used different techniques to show the “virtual space that opens up behind the surface”. Both artists have found solace in this process – for Purlija there is a feeling of connection and belonging in returning to a place of joy. For Sundberg, surrender to the chance and randomness of her technique was a joyful counterpoint to the grim daily news and social controls imposed by lockdown.
Zorica Purlija's Biomorphic series is influenced by a Japanese aesthetic and concept of seeing something into another. Constructed by the digital layering of portrait and landscape images the series shows a symbiotic relationship with nature and reflects this aspect of being both one and at one with nature.
Julie Sundberg's The River series was created entirely during the COVID-19 pandemic on her daily walks by the Cooks River. Experimenting with in-camera multiple exposure she constructed imaginary landscapes with different focus and view points within the frame: metaphors for her failing vision and the fragmented nature of her life which simultaneously became physically smaller and intellectually larger.