I learned of this artist through a fellow student on Facebook. Cockburn appears to specialize in ‘found photographs’ that she embellishes with embroidery, etc. often to disguise or obliterate the face / identity of the person in the picture. She has exhibited and sells her picture for large sums http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/juliecockburn. Like the lady in the picture, I can say no more about this artist.
As artist we are a funny breed! I was recently told by an artist that most artists are Socialists and I often hear them talk about the evils of Capitalism and then I go and find that artist will find someone else’s old photos and scribble, scratch, embroider or simply add a title to alter their meaning and put them up for sale for large sums of money. Seems to me without the evil Capitalist world we would be starving or more likely simply not doing art!
Salvador Dali was kicked out of the Surrealist movement for supporting Franco, perhaps his real crime was that he just couldn’t be hypercritical enough for his fellow contemporaries.