Enriching lives through art and craft

Julia Gartrell

Julia Gartrell
Lariat, 2017-Present
Studio scraps: plastic bags, yarn, fabric, pipe cleaners, skewers, kitchen twine

Radical Repair Workshop / August 1 – 6, 2021

Artist Statement:
Julia Gartrell is a sculptor who uses wood, textiles, native clays, plaster, bric-a-brac and found objects to interrogate material usage in traditional Appalachian craft and American culture. Reuse of material and “making do” are central to her explorations. The research grounding Julia’s work focuses on her paternal ancestors, who were subsistence farmers in rural north Georgia. Oral history, lore, and relics are among the things gathered for her practice.

She is currently running a traveling art project called the Radical Repair Workshop. More information can be found at www.radicalrepairworkshop.com

Artist Bio:
Julia Gartrell is an artist and educator based in Durham, North Carolina. She received her MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work explores the notion of “making do” and material plasticity, along with radical approaches to repair. She has participated in residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center, Duke University Power Plant Gallery, Arrowmont, Oxbow, and others. Gartrell has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has taught at Arrowmont, Rhode Island School of Design, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

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