Mandala, 2010, Archival digital print, 48X48-inches, face-mounted to plexiglas. Made from objects from the the Bade Archaeology Collection. Julia Nelson-Gal

Mandala, 2010, Archival digital print, 48X48-inches, face-mounted to plexiglas. Made from objects from the the Bade Archaeology Collection.

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 respond most to objects that reflect the ideas, vision or handiwork of another person and intentionally use these objects as a starting point for a body of work.  I am interested in the way objects reveal personal histories, memories and human habits, as well as how they communicate their former function.  Also important to me is an object's aesthetic potential and how it can be reconfigured to express my interests and ideas.  My work continues to explore concepts around time, deterioration and mortality while revealing an interest in surrealism and humor.

My work is has been shown throughout the US and abroad and is included in numerous collections, including the Library of Congress Print Collection, the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Sheffield International Artists’ Book Prize Collection in England, the China Printmaking Museum in Guanlan, the Siena Art Institute in Italy and the collection of the City of Palo Alto, California. 

--Julia Nelson-Gal