Julie Blackmon is a photographer whose ongoing series Domestic Vacations is inspired by 17th century Dutch paintings of chaotic domestic life, particularly those by artist Jan Steen – see this painting and you’ll get a good idea. today a “Jan Steen Household” is used to refer to a home in disarray: full of rowdy kids and boisterous family gatherings. Blackmon is the oldest of nine children and herself a mother of three, and so she explores the everyday life of her family and those around her.
My work mines the debris of memory through the creation of intricate worlds sculpted in 1:43 scale and smaller. Often sealed under glass, the works depict the remnants of things past—whether major, transformational experiences, or the quieter moments that resonate loudly throughout a life. In much the way the mind recalls events through the fog of time, the works distort reality through a warped and dreamlike lens.