Steamboat Springs artist explores relationship between humans and environment through ceramics
August 1, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Artist Julie Anderson uses both sides of her brain to create her diverse an interesting ceramic work.
The Chicago native studied biology in college. But she also minored in art.
"I guess that's the left brain and the right brain," Anderson said. "That science and art."
Anderson's background in biology comes to life in her pieces, exploring the relationship between humans and nature.
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Anderson will have her first solo show as part of the First Friday Artwalk. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. with Anderson showing her ceramic statues at Rumor Design Studio.
"I'm interested in the old ways and materials that are straight from the earth and aren't manufactured," she said.
Her pieces immediately strike the eye. Average clay doesn't come to mind as the pieces jump off the wall.
Anderson's connection to nature — and her biology degree — are ever present. The wall statues that hang are nods to nature and how humans interact with it.
Several of the pieces depict aspen trees. The bark, though, features zippers and buttons that reveal what is inside of the tree. Look closer and the tree has cells, cells and more cells.
"I'll obsess with repetition — the repetition of cells, repetition of waves and just repeating,” Anderson said. “It's meditative I guess."
Many of Anderson's pieces have more than 50 hours of work in them. The details are noticeable.
Anderson recently did a residency at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Mont. During January, she spent as much time as she could at the renowned clay center.
She spent more than 250 hours during the month refining the craft. The experience gave her enough confidence to do her solo show, but it has been a long time coming. Growing up, her father was an artist and woodworker. He took her to art openings and galleries at every chance.
Now the girl who loves biology and art has something tangible and unique to show.
"It's a big milestone," she said. "It's been intimidating making all the work by myself, but I'm happy with it."
Find a list of participating First Friday Artwalk venues here.
To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com
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