Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Weitz.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve been making art since I was a child. For years I was a painter and I’ve always been an educator, around 2010, while I was teaching at the University of South Florida, I started experimenting with video. I was curious about how our access to new technologies (like smartphones) and our increased time on the internet were changing our relationship to ourselves and subsequently to others. I became fascinated with ways texture and color could translate viscerally through the screen. These investigations led me to the YouTube phenomenon of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) which partially influenced my 2015 exhibition “Touch Museum” at Young Projects in Los Angeles.
Since moving to LA, I’ve gone from being a traditional maker to an experimental, multi-media artist. The art community here has played a large part in reshaping my identity as an artist for which I’m grateful.
Please tell us about your art.
I make videos, photographs and installations that consider the psychological, physiological and social dimensions of virtual identity and our bodily relationship to the screen and moving image. Right now, I’m working on two overlapping projects: an experimental film about early Internet culture and a series of absurdist videos featuring my social media alter-ego, “My Golem”. Both projects attempt to answer similar questions about the how digital technology is changing our relationship to ourselves and others.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
When my work resonates on a level that I’m incapable of predicting, I’m psyched. I think that in order to meet your own standards of success as an artist you first have to define what that means to you. For me, it’s attaining a level expression that surprises even myself. There’s no question that to meet my own criteria I need constant perseverance, a heightened sense of confidence and a playful relationship to risk.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have a new video installation opening September 1st at Public Pool Gallery in Encino, CA. In October I’m premiering “The Great Dominatrix,” a new video and performance art project at Wild Art Party co-sponsored by LAND. You can support my work by following me on Instagram @hungryghostbaby and visiting my website to discover more.
- Website: http://www.julieweitz.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @hungryghostbaby
image 1: Rubin Diaz
image 2: Kevin Buzwell
image 3: Michael Underwood
image 4: Joshua White