Image of artwork titled "Window" by Julia  Maiuri

Julia Maiuri, Window, 2022
Oil on canvas
8 × 10 inches

Julia Maiuri’s oil paintings recast depictions of the ordinary into premonitions of the unknown. Desaturated hues and selective colours transport her works out of the real and into a dreamscape, an adjacent plane. By layering, superimposing, cropping and reversing images sourced primarily from suspense and horror films, Maiuri imbues her works with a lingering sense of uncertainty, seizing the viewer in a moment that is neither here nor there, but exactly in-between, and governed by a new, surreal logic; when viewed together, her paintings function like a dream sequence, a disjointed narrative that doesn’t quite hold.

In ‘Window’, Maiuri takes a still from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Rear Window (1954) as her source material. Rendered at a transitional moment of multiple exposure, Lisa’s face is superimposed upon a window’s interior, itself a symbol of concealment, revelation, and transitional spaces. In the tension between the positions of knowledge and mystification, a drama plays out, with a sense of foreboding. Enhancing this, Maiuri’s use of the eyes motif, here, directs our attention toward the unseen: Lisa gazes away from the viewer, toward some unknown presence beyond view.



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