Exhibited in a group show at The Shop Gallery in July 2020.

Julie created these digital collages post the 19-20 summer of fires during Covid lockdown while the Black Lives Matter movement was arising and unfolding. In these works Julie imagines the life force speaking to and through our times expressed in reimagined forms of the iconic Dark Madonna. 

Each piece is printed on silk and stretched over a frame of Tasmanian oak finished with a black Japan varnish. The silks are attached top and bottom. The sides shy a few millimetres away from the vertical frame edge allowing the silk to breathe.

Three a e currently on display in the Rex-Livingston Gallery Katoomba NSW.

A close up sample below shows the vibrancy of the prints.

These works are for sale as limited edition prints or assembled with a frame.

'Made Of This'


Describing the natural world as 'the environment' can make it sound like a backdrop surround to our lives, somewhat like the Truman Show - yet we are made of and share similar, or the same, essences. 

Limited edition of 8 silk prints. (5 now available.)

60 x 83 cm for print. Also available with the frame.

Price on request, please contact me.

 'Of Earth and Sky'

Water is pulled up, stored, evaporates, falls; moving in a sacred cycle, why not call it that?

Water is like a lover who nourishes, ravishes, restores, soothes, leaves and returns and yet is always a part of us.

Limited edition of 8 silk prints. 

60 x 83 cm. Also available with the frame.

Price on request, please contact me. 

'So To Remember'

In Michelangelo's Pieta the Madonna looks down at Jesus.  

In Julie's image the Dark Madonna looks out at the viewer holding a torched wombat, an unwilling sacrifice to humanity's collective inertia to take action to address climate change, first identified and described in the 1970's. 

If we keep the loss in view, will we act where-ever we can, for nature and the generations after us?

Limited edition of 8 silk prints. (7 currently available)

83 x 60 cm Also available with the frame. Price on request, please contact me.

'Black Rose'

In this image Julie celebrates Black Lives Matter and calls up the Black Madonna's connections with justice movements. 

Limited edition of 30 silk prints.

60 x 83 cm. Also available with the frame.  Price on request, contact me.

'The Upwelling'


Photosynthesis is often credited with giving life to everything and we habitually privilege light. Yet a cocktail of rich chemicals plume up from vents in the darkness of the sea floor stimulating microbial life. Science proposes this chemosynthesis may have begun life on Earth. 

Limited edition of 8 silk prints. 

Price on request, please contact me.

74 x 90 cm (The print). Also available with the frame 


© 2021 by Julie Cunningham.

Shoalhaven & Sydney NSW Australia  0411109813 

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