The artist Julianne Rose in her photography studio in Paris 2020 ©Julianne Rose

About the artist


duality/ambiguity, construction/deconstruction order/disorder

a propos de l'artiste (about the artist) Julianne Rose. Portrait in black and white ©Jeff Manzetti

Julianne Rose explores the extremely unsettling intersection between natural and manufactured identities.

Ambiguity and confusion between inanimate objects and people, children and adults, the object and the objectified, blurring into a attractive but simultaneously disturbing kaleidoscope of reflected identities, the incongruous intersections between certitude and doubt, incontrovertibly stimulating, but at the same time deeply disturbing the senses.

Julianne Rose lives and works in Paris and has been a professional photographer for 30years. Her somewhat controversial work, beautifully esthetic and simultaneously disturbing, is partly an assessment of the artist’s many years experience in the industry of advertising and fashion, a successful young model, then professional photographer.

the artist's codes of representation

Inciting the spectator to intervene in her work, Julianne Rose uses her own identity & that of dolls and children in various forms, faces, masks and installations, defining the multiplicity of resistance points in time and space, breaking the normative codes of representation.

Focused mostly on women and children, the artist reflects on the modeling, formatting and alienation of the body in advanced industrial societies. Julianne uses photography and image-related media, to explore identity, ambiguity and confusion between inanimate objects, children and adults. The object and the objectified, blur into an attractive but simultaneously disturbing kaleidoscope of reflected identities. The incongruous intersections between certitude and doubt are  stimulating, but at the same time deeply disconcerting to our senses.



Julianne Rose was born in Townsville, Australia in 1966. Turning 18, she is elected Australia’s Face of the 80’s, thus embarking on a successful international modeling career whilst studying her life passion photography. Her  apprentissage includes the vast technical aspects of film photography (studio lighting,  development and printing)

By the mid 90’s,  Julianne has become a young professional photographer excelling in fashion & advertising, particularly renowned for her unique images of children. With the release of the Canon EOS Mark11 digital camera in 2001, Julianne immediately explores new possibilities offered by digital photography, whilst continuing to work with film for specific projects.

In 2007, the possibility of filming video with a digital camera opens a new field of exploration.  Julianne Rose & artist, Jeff Manzetti, form  les JandJ, experimenting in early video art. The binôme present their video work in diverse festivals and digital art events (Souvenirs from Earth, Seoul, Nam June Paik Artcenter, Museo de Arte, Colombia…) 

In  2010 they create Studio13Paris and win a “Lion d’Or” at the Cannes film festival outside category, for their video about water, for the NGO,  Solidarité International. Participation in humanitarian projects becomes an important part of Julianne’s work over the years. (Unicef, Toutes à l’ecole, Ligue contre le Cancer, Unesco…)

Videos by Les J&J

Over the next 10 years, Julianne Rose & Jeff Manzetti collaborate on many photo & video projects at Studio13Paris. The artists work with major international brands, agencies and magazines (L’Oréal, Yves Rocher, Marie-Claire…)

In 2019 they create the project Covertizer, an application for presenting visual works on the web. 

Parallel to a career in  commercial photography, Julianne Rose has constantly nourished a deep personal reflexion on identity, often related to her own experiences as a woman in the fashion and photography  industry. She also explores broader universal issues which become sources for her future artwork. “I am generally interested in pyscho-socialogic subjects and the exploration of human identities, an extremely intricate phenomenon. Who we become as adults is greatly a consequence of  childhood experience, the outcome of an extensive accumulation of influences, from each individual’s physical and psychological environment”

Julianne Rose acts as a provocatrice, specifically posing questions rather than answering them, thus opening the doorway to myriad channels of investigation. “I consider artists as channels through whom may pass specific energies, allowing access to certain “doors” in each of us, doors that we can’t or won’t always access alone” Artwork gives us a kind of permission to explore domaines which may not otherwise feel accessible…

In projects such as Flesh and Plastic, Kids For Sale, Livedolls, Expired, Désordre, Resurrections and her Singing Self-portrait, Rose reveals the stereotypes of corporal representation and idealization of the body, in a kaleidoscopic vision of contemporary identity.

Julianne Rose’s work is often an exploration of her own personal experiences as a woman, a mother and an artist. Inciting the spectator to intervene in her work, Rose uses her own identity & that of dolls and children in various forms, faces, masks and installations, defining the multiplicity of resistance points in time and space, breaking normative codes of representation. If “beautiful people” have more chance to be happy, the “others” are so often conferred defects, limits and even repulsion. Certain individuals exercise a fascination while others are rejected and marked as if deemed to forever bear their “stigmas”. It is thus against this stigmatization of individuals that Julianne rebels through her dolls and children which have nothing of the innocence that we would lend them.

The artist also questions the dogmatic standards assigned to “feminism”, a principle of resistance facing socio-cultural institutions too often avid to admit individuals to pre-established compartments. Throughout different  works, she proposes a distinct and personal visual experience: an initial attraction to  aesthetic images of beauty and perfection is gradually accompanied by a deeper, often unsettling sensation. Access to this state allows exploration of boundaries related to one’s own personal perception of identity, questions concerning corporal representation in society & the complex ambiguity between human & objective. values.

The Flesh & Blood Toystore, Jean-Pierre Klein exhibition catalogue – Art et Thérapie magazine // Julianne Rose by Anna Holtzman Eyemazing Magazine // Flesh-Plastic by Raisa Clavijo Wynwood Art Magazine // De l’innocence enfantine à la dénonciation des normes: Julianne Rose ou la resistance aux representations stéréotypées des standards de beauté interview by Liza Petiteau.

Selected art projects
2006 – today 

Commercial Work


selected articles about Julianne Rose

Réinventer le corps féminin by Dominique Baqué

Du masque Grec à la greffe du visage - Dominique Baqué

group exposition 2006, Palais de Tokyo

Group exposition Coreana Museum, Korea

text by Anna Holtzman

There's No Place like Home - text by Kylie Davis

Flesh&Plastic - article by Raisa Clavijo

Quand les artistes contemporaines font des poupées - by Theirry Dufrêne

La Mannequin et la poupée, une icon explosive?

Quand Julianne Rose joue à la poupée -

Julianne Rose - The Flesh & Blood Toystore

Art Russie

Generation Celluloid - by Bernard Géniès

ART/Des poupées qui disent oui

Regard des Femmes Australiennes

Les Enfants-Poupées de Julianne Rose

L'Enfant Objet

L'Enfant Objet

Julianne Rose - Real Barbie

by Clarisse Gardet

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