Inspired by the experience of growing up in a large family, Blackmon’s work is permeated by family relationships. Her work has won many awards, and she was named as American Photo’s Emerging Photographer of the year in 2008. Her works are now in collections such as the George Eastman House, New York, USA; Portland Art Museum, Oregon, USA; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, USA, among others.
"This piece was inspired by a Balthus painting called The Mountain. It is from my series Domestic Vacations, in which I explore the fantastic elements of everyday family life. Using my own family members as models, this body of work is both fictional and autobiographical, as I blur the lines between the life I see and art, truth and fiction, and reality and fantasy. The child-centred culture we live in versus the simultaneously self-obsessed nature of the world we inhabit are ongoing themes in this body of work." JULIE BLACKMON
Julie Blackmon. The Hill, 2006.