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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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Brooklyn College
Master of Fine Arts May 2010
Honors: Graduate Investment Program Grant Recipient 2009 - 2010
Shaw Award Recipient 2009

Maryland Institute College of Art
Master of Arts and Teaching May 2008
Honors: Marcella Brenner Scholarship for Masters in Arts and Teaching 2008

Maryland Institute College of Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts May 2007
Honors: Dean’s List 2003-2007
Presidential Scholarship 2003-2007

Study Abroad
Studio Art Centers Int. (SACI) Florence, Italy 2006
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) New Brunswick, Canada 2005

• National Art Education Association Juried Members Exhibition, National Art Education Association Headquarters, Alexandria, VA, 2017
• Industry City and Wanted Design Holiday Show, Industry City Studios, Brooklyn, NY, 2016
• Small Works Juried Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2015
• Small Works Juried Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2014
• Open Studios, Industry City Studios, Brooklyn, NY, 2012-2017
• Paisley Painting, Painting Exhibition at Gimme Coffee, New York, NY, 2011
• Erin Juliana: Small Works, ESP’ Disk, Brooklyn, NY, 2011
• 2010 B.C., Brooklyn College M.F.A. Art Thesis Exhibition, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 2010
• MFA Showcase, Brooklyn College, Student Union, Brooklyn, NY, 2010
• Vignettes: Paintings and Works on Paper by Erin Juliana, J. B. Kline Gallery, Lambertville, NJ, 2008
• Masters in Arts and Teaching Thesis Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 2007
• Commencement Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 2007
• Masters in Arts and Teaching Juried Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 2007
• Serigraphy Show, Fuji Arts Studio, Florence, Italy, 2006

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