Julia Randall created the series ‘Blown’, feature bubble imagery—chewing gum, blown into bubbles, in various states of inflation and deflation. Bubblegum initially connotes innocent pleasure, yet the fragile skin of gum also points to the susceptible human body, and the dreaded passage of time.

Bubble gum is an insignificant, disposable material, and the pleasure taken from its flavor is fleeting. The bubble is a vessel that momentarily holds our breath, for a brief moment, in a physical form. Seen as a group, the inflating/deflating bubble imagery is visual manifestation of breathing.

All images © Julia Randall

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