Artist Julia Morgan
My paintings and time-based works examine everyday gestures and the potential of an ordinary action. Whether in a domestic space, a site where individual intersects community, or a seemingly untouched landscape, human endeavor sets in motion a series of unfurling gestures. My work examines aspects of this unanticipated choreography.
I am interested in the daily risk-running involved in all lives, and how remarkable it is that we forge ahead in spite of the odds that the cook might burn a finger on the stove, the child might fall, the protestor may be blinded, or the astronaut might fail to reach the moon.
And then there are the effects of time, memory, and constructed story that collide with experience otherwise altering human action.
A friend once said, we live in a state of uncertainty. It is this navigating of the everyday experience that moves me to make paintings, drawings, and time-based installations signifying human vulnerability and resilience.
An artist and media producer based in Williamstown, Massachusetts and Santa Fe, New Mexico, Julia Morgan works primarily in painting and time-based media but often the concept of the work requires an interdisciplinary approach. Her works have been screened and exhibited at venues such as MOCA Taipei, the Ministry of Culture, Cairo, Egypt, the Luxor International Painting Exhibition, Transartfest Berlin, Germany, the Brattleboro Museum of Art, the New York Studio Gallery, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Media, the Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams, MA, and Kidspace at MassMoCA also in North Adams, Massachusetts. In 2009 she attended the Luxor International Painting residency at the invitation of Egypt’s Ministry of Culture. She developed a course that takes Williams College students to Egypt to study art and culture with Egyptian students, and has been leading trips there since 2011. She made a series of paintings and shot street video in Cairo during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution that was profiled by Time Magazine Video. Stills from her film, Gestures of Time, were published in “Infinite Instances” edited by Olga Ast and published by Mark Batty Publisher. She holds an MFA from Vermont College.