Julia Rose Sutherland is a recent graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a large range of mediums such as large-scale sculpture, video, painting and textiles. Julia’s practice deals with ideas of place, identity, perception and family dynamics. Her most recent work deals with issues about drug addiction and mental health.
I practice direct contact with simple materials and domestic processes for sublime ends. My paintings are places of improvisation and polarity. They are also translucent habitations for light. Skin-like and vulnerable, they bleed. Working with colour as a sentient phenomenon facilitates painterly regenerations of spaces and things by leading them beyond their fixed boundaries. These contemplative and/or quirky attempts at animism are indebted to dead romantics and modernists. They furnish utopian longings for a thriving culture of human experience