Julie Unruh is interested in identity construction and particularly in the disconnect between personal and shared experience. She utilizes realism, but her paintings also explore the role of the viewer in the creation of coherent images.
What would Carl Andre do if he were part black? Or Ed Ruscha if he were raised bilingual?
The challenge of colliding the personal-is-political discourse with the legacy of conceptual and minimalist art practices is what motivates me.
I am a multi-disciplinary artist creating socially minded projects that are deeply personal and
anthropologically rich. My projects work to foster connections between viewers and community
members, and to encourage dialogue.
My work examines the individual as a complex social product within in a variety of contexts. I create
new rhetoric about how we interact, compete or re-invent ourselves using our identity as a â€œcultural
My new work has been a great deal of focus on human beings connection to living and nonliving things in our universe. The captured series examines how a technology is used to create identity and mind control.
Title: In The Finest Tradition
Photographic medium, Color Photographs, Digital â€œC" Fuji Crystal Archive Print
Dimensions: 30 x 30 in (76.2cm x 76.2cm) & 48 x 48 in (121.92 cm x 121.92 cm)
Portfolio Images: 20 x 24 (50.8cm x 60.96cm
Constantly, I am collecting and archiving intellectual mental images of the past and now, from
landscapes, folk traditions and classic Indian cinema, etc. I use these vestiges as a platform for
evoking a contemporary dialogue.
I explore the necessity and quest for home by designing portable self-made architecture and
transitional homes, highlighting the interaction between the body and space, physiological and
My sculptural installations are architecturally as well as personally informed. Employing a
vocabulary shaped by minimalism and conceptual art, and using simple geometric forms and