Julie Campbell is a British/Belgian textile artist. She studied at Sint Lukas in Brussels, She has a fascination with anatomy and the work of Vesalius and Da Vinci is central to this. 

Her practise has evolved over the years from line drawing, through painting and now to fibre art. Her work is precise and she possesses the technical skills needed to depict detailed images often on a very small scale. Most of her works are no bigger than 15cm2, and yet she can create the most intricate images in lines of thread.

In 2014 the M Museum in Louvain hosted an exhibition to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Andreas Vesalius, one of the most important figures in the history of modern medicine. This had a profound effect on Campbell and was the beginning of her new work around the theme of the human body, its anatomy and workings.

As a mother to a chronically ill daughter she has spent a long time engaging with the medical profession, to little avail. As she finds herself thrown into a new reality of researching Lyme disease, she has become a reluctant expert on auto-immune illnesses, pathogens and parasites. This is strongly reflected in her subject matter.

"What I find fascinating is that our outward appearance tells very little of the person we are. Our bodies are a facade. I like to explore beyond that idea, and get under the skin as it were."

Campbell lives in the village of Tervuren, near Brussels.

Photographs: Yun-tien Chu

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