Detail of "The Anger That Inflamed Route 40 (LIFE Magazine, 12/8/61)," 2017, mixed media collage, 24x24-inches,  by Julia Nelson-Gal

Detail of "The Anger That Inflamed Route 40 (LIFE Magazine, 12/8/61)," 2017, mixed media collage, 24x24-inches,  by Julia Nelson-Gal

Artist's Statement

My study of the history of art and my experiences working with museum collections have impacted my art making process in multiple ways. I have always collected objects and find that I respond to those that are full of information, whether in their age, the data they hold, or they way they reflect the ideas, vision or handiwork of another person. Deconstructing objects reveals their structure and former function while also exposing unique histories.  I like to include, and yet bury, old data from these objects as a way of preserving the information and former function.  I like to explore concepts around time and deterioration as well as human communication of information, while revealing my interest in surrealism, politics and even humor.

--Julia Nelson-Gal