Julia Desiree Merican

is a writer and editor living in London.


Julia Merican is a British-Malaysian (+ Singaporean) writer from Kuala Lumpur. Currently, she is completing an MA at the Royal College of Art, and finding writing in the third person quite a lot of fun.Her preoccupations include the allure of transitory or ruined spaces, writing that trickles outside of generic boundaries, and unlikely spaces of reconciliation. She writes about art, design, film, literature, and little things that are less easy to define, like letters found in secondhand books, or how sunlight falls onto brick walls.



Get in touch at:[email protected]


on art + design2023 // gallery in a state of undress2022 // a silent dwelling2021 // circumstance and structure / precision to softness /
reviving hvidt & mølgaard / reconciling differences
2020 // the cerebral and the sensual / georg olden /
'hidden lines' exhibition text / jb blunk estate x francis gallery
2019 // 'fragmented bodies' wall text

on film + literature
2023 // diasporic dysphoria: decoding affective detachment2022 // the directness of apples /
dressing up for noodles: in the mood for clothes
2021 // cosmopolitan reveries / turmoil within and without /
how i settle myself / the gendered politics of 'mustang'
2020 // why you should borrow books from the library2019 // the allure of the italian summer

2020 // meta morphosis / unlucky

on people + places
2022 // "let the land be" / monitoring the belt and road initiative / a conversational art2020 // being foreign, abroad and at home / kepler track2019 // hungry ghosts

on style + culture
2021 // a particular mood / at the core of it2020 // opali / wire your days


projects:2022 // gift exchange

2021 // orb: autumn 2021 / orb: spring 2021 / cereal: volume 212020 // cereal: volume 20