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Julie Harris
Union, NJ
Mixed Media

Artwork Details
Handmade paper and horsehair
12" x 16" x 4"

Julie Harris was born and grew up in Michigan. She was the youngest of five children and during her pre-school years she was typically left to her own imagination playing alone outdoors for entertainment. Playing outside, climbing trees and investigating various life forms, she developed a strong connection to nature and the world around her. During her later childhood, she began spending summers in Ireland with relatives and was deeply impressed with the strong connection that the Irish have toward nature and culture. The Irish tradition of the "walk" made an especially important impression on her later work as a visual artist. This tradition recalls that as one travels through life, objects are collected along the way to represent places and experiences. With this understanding, she began to believe that places are mapped on people's souls as much as people are mapped on the sites which they have visited. This concept later affected her creative thought process as she realized that nature and humans share in a similar vulnerability: both are dependent upon the other for survival.


Her college education began at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where she earned in 1991 a B. F. A. in Drawing, Magna Cum Laude. One year later she was accepted with a full teaching assistantship to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she earned a M. F. A. in Printmaking, Summa Cum Laude, in 1994.


Her work has been included in over one hundred twenty five regional, national and international exhibitions. Currently, she is Head of Printmaking at Kean University and teaches printmaking, papermaking and the book arts in Union, New Jersey, in close proximity to Manhattan. She continues to work primarily in intaglio printmaking, papermaking and the artist books.


In talking about her work, Ms. Harris states, “I try to make what is intangible, such as personal experiences, thoughts, feelings, and humor, into something tangible, an artist book/print/sculptural object. Technically, I place form against form, object against object, each interacting with the other to create a visual metaphor based on my own experiences. Each piece begins as a representation of a thought or feeling, and the interweaving of the imagery along with the materials creates a visual poetry.”