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Work Samples

Who is My Neighbor?, Mixed Media Drawing, 48x90, 2019

"Who is My Neighbor?" is a large scale, mixed media tryptic first created and hung in Mexico City. This work explores the movement of people across borders in North and South America. The overlapping images range from historic documentary photography to modern day journalism - showing the complexity of ever changing immigration policy.

The Sky is the Limit, Oil on Canvas, 2020

"The Sky is the Limit" is part of a series of images on childhood. We all hear positive and negative reinforcement growing up. Much is determined by what we look like, who our family is and where we live. What did you hear?

What Is Her Name, Gouache on Paper, 18x24, 2019

"What Is Her Name" is a 18x24 gouache painting. This work is one of three paintings depicting child separations at our southern border. The series focuses on the perspective of experience from the eyes of the children.

"The Little Glass Treasure House", Children's Literature Book Cover Art, Self- Published 2019

"The Little Glass Treasure House" is a self published children's literature book. It is the untold story of community, artmaking and dedication at the Children's Art Centre of Boston's South End. Charlotte Dempsey taught here for nearly 40 years. This is her story and the collective story of the children of the South End who walked through these doors. The book is 32 pages of text and collaged images, written with 3rd - 5th grade reading levels in mind.

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About Julia

Baltimore City

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With mixed media imagery and sculptural installation, Julia brings awareness to the complexity of humanity and our communities. Attention to journalism on topics of children's education, marginalization and migration all contribute to her dynamic, collaged work. Through the use of limited color and breathable space, she invites the viewer to consider what is true in our world and of those in it. Julia is a certified educator and works with her community in Highlandtown, Baltimore.

"Pouring Light" - Series for Baltimore Ceasefire, 2021

Baltimore Ceasefire is a powerful force for peace in our city. After the loss of a life due to violence, Ceasefire volunteers show up on the scene to “pour light and love into the space”. This body of work honors their impact in valuing every life.

"Crossing Borders" - A series made in Residency in Mexico City, 2019

In November and December of 2019, I traveled to Mexico City for an Artist in Residency program called Casa Lu. I departed from Baltimore City and arrived first in San Francisco. I drove south through the whole state and then flew on to Mexico City, collecting images along the way.

While in residency, I created a body of work called "Crossing Borders". The series depicts the nuance and complexity of our ever changing immigration policies at our southern border, and the impact on those that embark on long journeys.

  • Pasajes Installation - Full View

    Pasajes or "Passages" is an installation of handmade paper from local Mexican flowers. This work spread across transparent window panes unto the adjacent wall. The concentration of color pulsed across the work in various rhythms. This was the central work for my collection called Crossing Borders: a series of work depicting movement across borders in South and North America.
  • Pasajes Installation - Close Up

    Paper was made from handmade bougainvilla flowers and combined with local Amate paper. Amate paper made from fig bark in the regions of Puebla
  • Criminals for Knocking", 16x20, Mixed Media

    1940s documentary photography of border checks are transferred onto a personal image from a monarch butterfly preserve in Southern California.
  • Who is My Neighbor?, Mixed Media Drawing, 48x90, 2019

    Who is My Neighbor? is a large scale, mixed media tryptic first created and hung in Mexico City. This work explores the movement of people across borders in North and South America. The overlapping images range from historic documentary photography to modern day journalism - showing the complexity of ever changing immigration policy.
  • Look, the helicopters are looking for people to send back to Mexico - 4 Yr old Neighbor in Baltimore City, 8x10, Mixed Media

    While seated outdoors in Upper Fells Point, I was making art with some young neighbors on my stoop. One of the children pointed up to a helicopter's spotlight and said "Look! They're looking for people to send back to Mexico". A few months later, I traveled to Mexico City and made this work from historic and modern imagery about immigration at our southern border.
  • Mothers of Missing Migrants, 8x10, Mixed Media

    This group travels through all the states of Mexico each year. Their procession brings awareness to the dangers and injustices of the continent's immigration systems. These are mothers whose children were lost while immigrating. While in Mexico City, the "Caravan of Missing Migrants" passed through.

The Little Glass Treasure House - Children's Book, 2019

The Little Glass Treasure House is the untold story of community, artmaking and dedication at the Children's Art Centre of Boston's South End. Charlotte Dempsey taught here for nearly 40 years. This is her story and the collective story of the children of the South End who walked through these doors. This children's literature book is 32 pages of text, written with 3rd - 5th grade reading levels in mind.

Since launching my book, I was connected with Charlotte’s living relatives: Anne and Bill Dempsey. Aunt Charlotte was a dear relative in Bill’s life until she passed 40 years ago. It turns out the Charlotte wrote a book as well. Together, we are working toward publication of Charlotte’s memoir and personal accounts from The Children’s Art Centre. This book will be a resource for educators, complete with 70 original works made by children.

"Mass Migration" - Undergraduate Thesis Show, 2017

The aftermath of the Arab Spring and the range of on-going conflicts in the Middle East are immensely complex. In an effort to comprehend the reasons behind continual violence, Julia dedicated time to the study of Middle Eastern journalism during 2015 - 2017.

Often the images and headlines are too difficult to look at when it comes to this nearly ten year conflict in Syria. Through this exhibit, ceramics and elements of layered collage were used to speak about the many individuals in transit who are forcibly leaving their homeland. Using flattened images and repeated shapes, visual storytelling became a vehicle for seeing the atrocities occurring in our time that we too often simplify.

This collection of work was is the earliest sighting of unframed paper collage. This practice continues into my current work today in 2021.

Julia's Curated Collection

This artist has not yet created a curated collection.