Julia Wolfson

Daughter of an artist mother and a musical mathematician father, I came into the world with a nice balance of perspective and a tendency to refuse any one particular creative outlet. I grew up in New England and am currently living in Tokyo, where I earn a living working with 0-5 year olds while making art and music on the side. An active artist since the age of two or so, some of my earliest paintings include a psychedelic hillside spotted with black sheep (age 4), and a horse trying to eat grass as he gets sucked up into the stars (age 7).

I’ve been doing printmaking for about ten years, mostly woodcut and linocut with some silkscreen and lithography in between. I am largely self-taught, with a few courses in printmaking and animation completed at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. I also create comics and embroidered drawings. My work has been described as narrative, and I like to explore topics of connectedness, instability and personal landscapes, always with a sense of humor. I love to work with high contrast, black and white, and flat imagery. My inspirations are very internal: dreams, visions and stream-of-consciousness doodles. I also have a bit of an obsession with kitchenware.

1. Kitchen Spread (green). This silkscreen print is from a series of textile-inspired pattern prints, in which I explore slicing up images and putting them on repeat. Bon appetit!

2. (Kitchen Spread detail)

3. Sprout. This woodcut print is from the same textile-inspired series. Birth, curiosity, a new world sprouting from the dark.

4. Routine (Fear on the Horizon). From an embroidered series of fears manifested as awkward characters. Something has cracked the ground on which she stands, as she finds herself caught in her daily routine.

5. Three of Swords. An embroidered piece from my Tarot series, an ongoing project in which I replace the four elements with mundane objects. Here, swords become forks.

6. Four of Cups. A linocut print from my Tarot series. Here, cups become beer bottles. The meaning of the card, according to my 1968 Rider-Waite deck: Weariness, aversion, imaginary vexations, as if the wine of this world had caused satiety only; another wine, as if a fairy gift, is now offered the wastrel, but he sees no consolation therein. This card loves to pop up in my personal readings. Hmm.

7. Table in Red. This painting came to me in a catalog-inspired frenzy.

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8. Computed. A mix of digital film, stop action animation and pixilation (a type of stop action in which people are used as puppets).  Wait for it... wait for it...

9. Girl, 24. From a series of portraits drawn in Paris.

10. Lactaid Lady. A true story! This is just one of the many adventures I had while working at a popular ice cream shop in the Boston area.

11. Poem for Spring. A self-portrait done in a moment of big transitions, unclear motives and fuzzy vision.

Contact Julia Wolfson

I do indeed accept commissions!

Email:  julia.wolfson@gmail.com

Website: Julia Wolfson

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