Juliana Capes was born in 1974 (British) and graduated from Birmingham School of Fine Art in 1996. She has since lived and worked in Edinburgh. Her 2015 exhibitions included installations at Hidden Door Festival, Wall Projects in Montrose and SSA 2015 at National Galleries of Scotland, where she won the SSA Exhibition Prize 2015. In 2016 she will undertake commissions for Cupar Arts Festival and Leith Late, supported by an Award from Edinburgh City Council and Creative Scotland. She lives and has a studio in Portobello.
She can be often seen working with the symbolic properties of everyday objects, things found, made or adapted, such as umbrellas found in bins after a windy day, post it notes, pennies and paper aeroplanes. Objects are changed by artistic processes or placements, to invite audiences to understand them in a new and different ways. Site is also of importance, with environments inspiring and contributing to meaning.
Conceptually, ideas in her work change and reoccur. The natural word brings obsessions with the colours and forms of natural phenoma and flora and fauna, such as migrations, sunsets, murmurations. A preoccupation with love luck and belief and concepts of fantasy, beauty and kitsch are also points of departure. Her work is accessible, with a considerable visual punch and full of contexts that reward further investigation.
Her installations sometimes include performances which are investigations into the significance of an object or action in an environment, usually a public space. They result in temporary public installations and visual documentation survives them.