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 experience working with museum collections have impacted my art making process in multiple ways. I have always collected objects and find that I respond as an artist to those that reflect the ideas, vision or handiwork of another person. I intentionally use objects made by someone before me, as a starting point for a body of work because they reveal personal histories, memories and human habits, as well as communicate their former function.  The presence of "old data" is important to the meaning of the work.  I bury and preserve old data from books, microfilm, old photography and other media as a way of acknowledging it's former value and its visual and tactile qualities that no longer exist in most data storage systems today.  Most of my bodies of work 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