Julia Slaff b. 1995 is a New York-based artist concentrating in drawing, painting, and ceramics. She received her B.S. in Studio Art from Skidmore College in 2017. Slaff’s work investigate how the experience of simplicity and complexity, and the influence of memory, affect our perception of “place.” She has been included in group and pop-up gallery exhibitions in New York City. Most recently, Slaff’s interior drawings were included in a group show in the Manhattan Borough President office’s gallery (June, 2018). Slaff has also been included in juried exhibitions in Saratoga Springs, NY and Florence, Italy.
Planes and layers inform my perception of place. No matter the environment, intuition drives me outside to wander. Momentary glances at windows and roofs, and the quality of light, are what I remember from these solitary excursions. They provide me with infinite aesthetic realities. As an artist, I yearn to investigate the simplicity and complexity imbued within a single architectural moment to create new spaces and forms.
I am interested in rendering the experience of structure and complexity - precariously perched between abstraction and realism. I process my sensory memory – sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch – through my work. My paintings, drawings, and ceramics embody the experiences of spaces I inhabited, from my Florence apartment to my Greenwich Village home. My artistic approach to my work is physical and methodical. I start with original architectural references, removing elements to create a sense of structure. No matter the media, I stay within a rigid compositional structure, creating planes with a weightiness and history.
My end goal is to retell the powerful experience of recollection – not necessarily those moments of glamor or achievement – but ones in which I experienced beautiful, still, peaceful solitude.