Breaking Open the Heart – Julia MacLaurin



In/break 1


In/break 2



Breaking Open the Heart – Giving and Receiving





In/break 1 (838mm x 295mm)

In/break 2 (838mm x 293mm)

Breaking Open the Heart — Giving and Receiving (838mm x 590mm)



Stone, earth, coloured pencil on paper.



I liked the idea of stretching and expanding causing the in/break. I dipped two large stones in compost made from rotted leaves and physically pulled them apart on the paper. I used stones because they feel like ancestors and the past. A space appeared in the middle for the light to come through. In one of my sketches I saw a horizontal opening emerging and it began to look like a cross. I started drawing pink at the intersection and realised it was the heart, giving and receiving. The surface drawing is the external and the ego.




I attended the Wimbledon College of Art Foundation course and am a graduate of Canterbury College of Art, Fine Arts.  I draw and paint from a place of not knowing. It’s instinctive. I find inspiration from nature, especially trees and the earth. When I draw, immediacy, aliveness, rhythm and feeling is what interests me. I like working collaboratively and realise the amazing possibilities when tapping into group energy with like minded artists. I have been part of and exhibited with the Transept group since 2019.


  • Karen entered the PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management and consulting, followed by service in pastoral, social and theatre ministry. Under the supervision of Trevor Hart, she is exploring theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate student-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. As Editor of Transpositions, she is fostering a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept.