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Meet Julia Taft of ArtXCo

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

Julia, let’s start with your story. If this were a book or show, perhaps you could give us a summary of the key chapters or seasons?
Season 1: “love at first sight” – I fell in love with art and I wanted to know everything.

Season 2: ART SCHOOL – I learn that art is an expensive relationship…

Season 3: Almost canceled!! – I start exploring film and architecture. Art is still there. At this point, I feel most connected while drawing with charcoal.

Season 4: Art and I get into an exclusive relationship… – I get signed as an artist!!! By two different companies. I am booked and busy.

Season 5: Surviving the realities of life – I realize I have many more roles to play in my own art. I am discovering my self on a deeper level with the help of art. Who knew I could be a boss and art direct, conceptualize and brings my ideas to life..!

SEASON 6: The apocalypse… – The world is on fire but me and art… are closer than ever… we are locked in. and tight. We have a nice studio with five foster cats. I’m creating everyday and selling

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome and how did you overcome them?
To put it simply, it was hard… but it goes a lot easier when I do the following:

1) Make a “to do list” everyday. All-day

2) Hustled to get that list done.

3) Expressed gratitude and show gratitude.

Please tell us more about your work and what you are currently focused on?
I hold a bunch of different roles on art projects from Art director, Lead Artist, Conceptualizing, Producing, Engineering and Building, and Art collaborations.

In my installation work, I started exploring light and sculpture. I created a solar-powered rainbow which creates this beautiful projection against a wall, I am still working on it and saving up the funding for it. I started building infinity cubes and infinity mirrors, a really difficult project that I am proud of, is this hologram cube. This project pushed me in every way possible.

Something weird about me! Is that I can draw and sketch very fast. Which invariable helps me understand the concepts floating around in my head. I guess I could draw my ideas out faster than I could render them on a computer. Which now I realize doesn’t mean much… because I am slow (slow slow) on the computer. So, I guess it just a weird thing about me.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
One time on a project, the place where this massive I mean massive art installation I had been working on for over a year was… actually being stored in the zone of the Malibu fires. I had a moment where I didn’t care about art anymore…I was over the project, I was over art. My heart was just broken for the families affected… They had their lives change forever in a second. I had a moment which didn’t make sense to me until months later…

So around six months later, my managers Mikey Meschures and Justin Fredericks reached out to me to be apart of the “ASHES OF HOPE” art show. All the artists apart of the show created work from a special paint that was made from the ashes of the Malibu fire.. and I was able to donate it… That piece sold and helped somebody… the synchronicity.

Pricing:

  • Stickers: $15 -$30
  • Prints: $100 – $500
  • 11 x 14 sketches: $ 300- $800
  • 22 x 30: $1000.00 – $10,000

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Image Credit:

Ryan Hawthorne

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