Julie Girardini (b.1963 – U.S.)
I believe it is my responsibility as an artist to keep telling stories of our histories. I am obligated to observe the word around me and make some sense of it through visual means. Successfully doing this gives meaning to the social concerns and heightens awareness in each of us.
I’m influenced by the journeys we take in our lives. I am interested in how we travel from one phase of life to another. Sometimes it involves a physical move. Other times it is an emotional shift. How do we make it feel like home? When do we know we are ready to move on? Do we get stuck on concepts of safety and security, or do we honor the opportunity for growth?
I symbolize this through my use of iconic forms: boats, nests, houses…for me these forms hold histories. Where we have been and where we are going.
My primary use of steel gives permanence to these structures, but I push the boundaries by mixing in elements of glass, wire, paper and encaustic to bring a feeling of fragility and the ethereal nature of life.
American Craft Magazine – August 2013
500 Books Volume 2 – Lark Books 2013
Bespoke – Schifler Publishing by A. Rooney 2012
Artists of the Mid Atlantic – Schifler Publishing by A. Rooney 2011
Home and Design Magazine – Fall 2007
Self taught – Sculpture and Design
University of Maryland – BA in Art History 1991
Anderson Ranch – Intensive with Yuriko Yamaguchi
Zenith Gallery – Washington DC “Singular Vision” 2008
Gallery 555 – Washington DC “Parallels” 2011
Artique Underground – Frederick MD “Two Person Show” 2012
Zenith Gallery – Washington DC“Yours, Mine and Ours – 2 Person Show” 2013
American Craft Council Shows
Philadelphia Museum Craft Show
Washington Craft Show
Evanston Craft Show
Many other juried shows all over the US.
National Gallery of Art
Frank Lloyd Wrights Falling Water
Art Institute of Chicago
Many Independently owned local retailer throughout the U.S. and abroad
United Christian Parrish – Reston VA
Kaiser Permanente Bethesda MD
American Embassy in Ottawa Canada
Park Potomac – Rockville MD
Volt in Frederick MD