Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Schustack.
Julie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, I grew up in an unusual household. My mother was raised in a small undeveloped ranch in Mexico which had no electricity or plumbing. My father is blind and grew up in Hollywood, CA. My mother never was able to learn English and so very early on, my sister and I were active participants in our survival as a family. Our mother with limited ability to speak and my father with limited ability to see was a strong influence in my developmental years.
As soon as my sister and I were able to read and speak, we were helping our family pursue our functional path which many people take for granted. Although there were challenges, I have very fond memories of helping my father with our weekly grocery shopping as early as 8yrs old. In addition to those vocal and visual limitation, neither of my parent were able to drive… In LA. Enough said. My work and my practice follow a thread of subjects that revolve around function, capability, self-sufficiency or the lack there-of.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I work on projects that embrace the subject of function. I originally fell in love with art after taking a pottery class and once I realized how many more options were possible in art, I really expanded my practice. My work ranges from functional design, to ceramic sculptures that amplify sound and have movement. Most recently I have started a micro vegetable farm project in the parking lot of my art studio and the idea behind that project is very closely related to how I think about sculpture.
I think of my garden as a machine that feeds two people, where the primary goal is to grow exactly the amount that we eat. Not more, not less. Over the years, my work has included many types of functional or semi functional abstract machines. My work has eaten, bled, listened, breathed, spoked and seen. I see my work as a reflection of the capabilities that people may or may not have. Regardless of those capabilities or lack-there-of, there is something beautiful to see and compassion to feel.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
The current political is too stressful for me to deal with so I have taken a passive approach. It has not affected my work in that respect.
- Website: www.julieschustack.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: #warehousefarmer
Channing Hansen – personal photo