JULIA ROMANO was born in 1978, in Santa Fe, Argentina. She is a Professor (2001) and Licentiate (2003) in Plastic Arts from the Cordoba National University, Argentina. Her production is mainly based on the construction of digital images from photographs. In her latest body of work, she is interested in contemporary theories that approach landscape as an object of representation in the history of art. She questions the European representation of landscape from her Latin-American point of view. These ideas can be reflected in her digital collages made blending classic paintings and contemporary photographs of local landscapes. With the same thoughts, she has been working on installations and interventions inside and outside architectures. She has participated in numerous contests and exhibitions, both individual and collective, at home and overseas. She lives with her family in La Calera, a town near Cordoba city, Argentina.
The artist says of her work...
I made the series Cultural Landscapes with scanned or downloaded images from European paintings of landscape, digitally joined with my own photographs of Latin-American sights (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Peru). My production has landscape as its central element and the intersections between the natural and the created; questioning that even what we consider natural is actually the result of a figment of culture. Through collage and photography, I show how the same territory can be shaped up to convey a different landscape to each new viewer.
My work goes deeper into the fact that representation makes the existence of landscape possible. Our observation is conditioned by the multiplicity of ways in which landscape has been represented along the history of art; therefore we do not observe our surroundings in a static, unique, and truthful way, but as a plastic production. The way in which the environment is represented is the shape the world takes up.