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Julianne Piko

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Julianne Piko is a multidisciplinary artist working across sculpture, film and installation. With a keen interest in the interconnectedness of things, her artwork reflects a desire to redefine ecological perspectives and the human-nature balance.

Stage One

Tell us about the evolution of your concept through this creative development process.

I have been able to experiment across multiple materials and begin to hone in on what aligns most with my ethos alongside giving practical outcomes. It has been an essential process as, in the beginning, I was oscillating between what the next steps should be and what area I should be focussing my energy (what first? bio-materials, waste-streams, nature-based technology etc). The oscillating had sometimes felt like a barrier. However, through the program, I have been able to experiment and come nearer to refining a framework and clearer goals.

What experts/community members did you connect with during your creative development?

Fellow creatives have inspired me within the program, such as Kim Goldsmith. Kim’s energy, seeking tangible outcomes, understanding of how to connect across communities and stakeholders, and her continual creative investigations have been a big take-out for me.


Q. “What are the materials of the future?”

“I believe we have a responsibility as creators to be mindful of our impact and use our art as a communication tool for change.”

– Julianne Piko

Personal experiments in making bio-plastics. Testing discarded egg shells, coffee grounds for texture. And colouring using turmeric & spirulina.

Key Observation

Our responsibility as creators and innovators is to deeply understand the impact of the materials we use. Every material holds it’s history, becomes what we choose to create, and then we need to recognise what will happen post our consumption.

To create with sustainability in-mind – how we select a material should be based on a knowledge of it’s impact across the lifespan.

If you were to tell someone about the impact of Regional Futures and this creative development opportunity on your practice, what would you say to them?

Having the time to think, hear (and learn) from others, and experiment has allowed me to define a framework for the next creative steps. Regional Futures has helped me to understand the breadth of creative work across mediums – from sound and storytelling to community-minded action and big ideas – all happening across regional centres.


“How to not create more waste in the future but look to circular, flourishing design models.” (Intent)