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Erin Juliana
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: I create paper cuts and small-scale paintings that include images of the figure, filigree, architecture, geometric patterns, and medical diagrams. These images are derived from my own history of spinal deformity and my fascination with the symmetrical elements of decorative art. While living in Florence, Italy, I gravitated towards the grotteschi decorations present in Renaissance frescos. Here I saw misshapen creatures living in harmony among elegant motifs. Through my work I began to interject myself into this strangely beautiful language with silhouettes of my physical therapy, serpentine spinal columns, and the metal surgical rods that were implanted into my spine. My work began as symmetrical, but then became more organic as I let go of the ideals of the human body. This series started with using a single color of paper but now I use gouache and watercolor prior to cutting out my pieces. Through this process, I removed the ambiguity of my source images. While researching past treatment procedures for spinal deformities, I began to explore fusing together different layers of human history. I often abstract the diagrams, supports, and devises together into non-functional combinations of their basic formal elements. My paintings and paper cuts express the underlying beauty I see in the pre and post-operative x-rays of my spine, the tension between the organic and geometric that exists in my own body, and present a feminist critique of what is considered abject pertaining to the female figure.
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  • Macchia
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    Wire embroidery on raw canvas
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  • Grottesche
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    Paper cut

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    2016
    Cut paper

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