JULIE ANDERSON

JULIE ANDERSON

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With a background in biology, images of science and nature are consistently present in my work.  Many of my forms are broken down into detailed parts that illustrate the “building blocks” of a given subject within nature.  Cells, molecules and eddies of water adorn portions of my sculptures.  Buttons, zippers, screws and various types of man-made hardware are often incorporated into these organic forms, alluding to man’s manipulation of nature.  Issues of climate change, genetic modification and the excessive use of natural resources are a few of the concepts that I explore through my sculptural work.

 

I see working with clay as a dance with nature.  For me, there is no other medium or mineral that comes so close to being alive and human-like in its characteristics.  There are many metaphors in ceramics that support this observation.  We awaken the clay by wedging.  We are aware of the clay’s memory when manipulating fine-grained porcelain.  Dry clay breaths and expands as it absorbs water.  It goes through metamorphosis, aging over time in a heavy plastic bag or maturing as we subject it to heat and energy.  These characteristics are exactly what keep me on my toes and thoroughly engage my subconscious as I create with this highly responsive material.  

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