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Meet Julia Paull

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julia Paull.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours? I grew up in a small canyon in the foothills of the North East end of the San Fernando Valley. One part of my neighborhood boarded on Angeles Crest National Forest and another on what became Los Angeles largest landfill.

At an early age I had all the benefits of living in nature – of hearing frogs and owls at night, climbing Live Oaks, avoiding rattlesnakes and the freedom to run free on the fire roads and in the creek. Los Angeles was minutes away. Because of the landfill I am conscious of excess consumption and where our material belonging end up. I try not to consume excessive amounts of products. When I go back to the Canyon where my mother still lives I see how it’s been impacted by the landfill and how many wild

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?

I have an exhibition, Perfect Mason opening at the Theodore Payne Foundation on September 22nd 1 – 3 pm with an artist’s talk at 2 pm. It will be up till December 31st. The Foundation’s mission is to inspire and educate Southern Californians about the beauty and ecological benefits of California native plant landscapes. 10459 Tuxford St, Sun Valley, CA 91352. Other works can be seen on my website on Instagram at Juls_Paull

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today? Time, space and money are often the biggest challenges facing artists.

Please tell us about your art. What do you do / make / create? How? Why? What’s the message or inspiration, what do you hope people take away from it? What should we know about your artwork?
For the last year I have been working with the Theodore Payne Foundation as their artist in residence making still life photographs of plants that serve as crucial sources of food for Southern California native butterflies. Though people often think of insects as pests, they are essential to our survival. The butterfly, a much beloved kind of insect, is experiencing a major die off and it’s my hope to raise awareness as to how to plant for butterflies. Prior to that I was photographing critically endangered amphibians in captive breeding programs. Currently I am also photographing the aftermath of the Creek Fire which swept through my childhood neighborhood.

I also make abstract drawings and abstract photographs based more in an exploration of metaphysics. They function as if one were looking from above like an astronaut or through a microscope, as if one didn’t know the scale of space and it was micro and macro simultaneously. I’ve always loved abstract and complex ideas about how we come to be existed and why we exist, and what the world is made up of.

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1 Comment

  1. Michelle Russell Kelly

    September 12, 2018 at 19:43

    Love Julia Paull’s work, she is an inspiration!

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