Julie Caves’ work involves colour either as the subject of the work or used as metaphor. She investigates colour relationships and finds colour useful to talk about other subjects. The paintings are either thick with colour built up in painterly layers or very smooth with light-filled veils of luminous colour.
She is interested in polarities and juxtapositions: inside/outside, visible/invisible, object/ground and the push-pull of visual space. Julie Caves says "I am constantly walking the tightrope between two ideas."
Her abstract method involves a search for rightness, negotiating each mark, results in a complexity almost hidden in the final state of simplified structure; the traces of decision-making are nearly buried in paint. The visual structure is the thing she is searching for but the barely visible evidence of the struggle she made as she felt her way through is an integral part of the work.