“What you choose to see, you choose to experience” These are the words that sum up Julia’s approach to life, art and process. Although Julia is conversant with many media and supports, she primarily uses charcoal and ink because of their conceptual properties of earth, water and musk. This allows her to explore figurative shapes and form on a two dimensional surface, with saturated values in a simultaneously bold and sensitive manner. The marks on paper become notational and gestural, and describe the human form or concepts in a musical, rhythmic style. She likes to hear the charcoal sing! With a deep respect for the formal structure within life and within art, a work will generally start with a composition of line. Always a door is open to synchronicity and chance, and marks are made with honest expression. Seldom will Julia go back to edit or adjust. The objective is to work quickly and efficiently in the space allotted, flow without thought; to abolish the idea of time in relationship to the creating. Darkness and light become forces which exist in balance on the page. By working in this immediate way, the charcoal or ink may become thickly laid or remain as thin as air, the goal is to create a visceral feeling of pleasure, to be able to feel the darkness, or the light, the strokes, the energy; to feel the artwork above and below, inside and out. It is Julia’s desire that the viewer realize their relationship with the artwork. She wants them to see beyond their eyes, even after the artwork is gone.
Biography: As a child Julia loved exploring with line and colour by drawing on her walls and dolls. She learned very quickly that with a little control, she could manifest ideas into recognizable form. Her mother loved the classical masters, and Julia links a great deal of her desire for expression back to her exposure (and love) of the classical masters such as Mozart and Beethoven. Julia was encouraged from a very young age to “see” and be “aware” in more ways than the visual, and immediately after high school she took courses in the University of Calgary Fine Arts' program. She went on to continue studies at a post secondary level throughout her alternate career in the Canadian Air Force, in both correspondence and night school. One of her ultimate goals was finally reached when she attended a full time degree program at University of Lethbridge, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Great Distinction in 2001. In 2002, in competition with 78 other candidates, she was chosen to be one of 6 resident artists in the new Rotary Centre for the Arts. Among the historical art influences on her work are the Greek classical, da Vinci, Rembrandt, Ingres, Delacroix, Manet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, and most recently, Klee and Kandinsky. Influences from art theory include John Berger, Josef Albers, from theosophy include Leadbetter and Blavatsky, Fritjof Capra and currently Joseph Campbell. Her ideas incorporate her philosophy and understanding of life and space. Her interests, which are currently manifesting in her expression, consist of a combination of concepts from time, space, and music. How she approaches her art making is a result of her experiences in her previous career, and her desire for simple and direct expression. Although Julia is conversant with many media and supports, she primarily uses charcoal because of its conceptual properties of earth and musk. This allows her to explore figurative shapes and form on a two dimensional surface, with saturated values in a simultaneously bold and sensitive manner. The marks on paper become notational and gestural, and describe the human form or concepts in a musical, rhythmic style.
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