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.
I have always been intrigued by black and white photography and have been inspired by scenes as close as my Brooklyn neighborhood and as far away as Europe. I am constantly trying to create unique photographs from familiar scenes in New Yor
My current work either builds an image or takes it apart. From explicit nudes to symbolism using
only elements such as high heels and lingerie, it invites the viewer to make a decision. Bodies can
be a dual reality where anything is possible—active or
My series, Gowanus Impressions, was made in response to the crisis that occurred just before it became a superfund site, sparking my intense desire to make beautiful images of an area that stood on the brink of great change.
Each painting is full of new adventures. To discover it, to love it, hate it, to lose and to be constantly
on the eternal quest, then this is finally not found. Oh, this wonderful agony between happiness,
need and eternal doubt.
I work with mixed media painting, photography, film and installation. I use materials such as cardboard and paper to construct architectural forms. I also experiment on film and sound with my installation work.