Julia BridgesMy art is bright and colorful with undertones of something deeper. As a Christian with a history of anxiety and depression, my art explores the joys and worries related to my faith, family and personal identity.
CONTACT4206 Patrick Lane
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
- Mixed Media
BIOGRAPHYYou know that one friend; we all have one, whose laugh you could recognize from another room and you know exactly who it is. Even after years of being apart you hear their laugh and realize who they are. Whose laugh is so contagious you can’t help but laugh right along with them. Well that’s me, the bubbly one! But, my desire for my art is to be much more than that; a deeper side of me, a side most other people don’t see, a side with struggles and questions and fears. I feel God has given me art and the Bible as tools for working through those struggles, questions and fears, and is calling me to step out despite those fears and insecurities and share my art with the world.
Like me, my art is bright and colorful with undertones of something deeper. As a Christian wife and mother with a history of anxiety and depression my content is explored through images that incorporate both the joys and worries related to faith, family, and personal identity. My avenue of expression is primarily through painting in both acrylics and oils. I delight in paint’s versatility, how at one moment I am able to create soft translucent glazing airy effects and the next moment bold intense saturated impasto texture. Although I consider myself a painter; I also enjoy exploring and experimenting with my ideas or content in both a literal and conceptual way by adding collage materials such as but not limited to yarn, caulk, hot glue, metal leaf and mirror allowing those ideas to have a shaping effect on the actual forms of my work pushing it beyond the traditional categories of painting.
I am influenced by a variety of historical movements and artists. In the Renaissance I am delighted with the masterful coloring of Michelangelo as well as the soft sfumato and shimmering light of Titian. Pre-Baroque and Baroque artists like Barocci, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt inspire me with their drama produced by bold chiaroscuro lighting, intense diagonal movement, and impasto texture. I enjoy the bright colors and playfulness of the Rococo. In Surrealism, especially Salvador Dali, and Magic Realism I appreciate the other worldly qualities. As for Contemporary art I value artist Gerard Richter’s dialogue between paint and photography as well as the emotional color and textures of his abstracts. In Pop Art Robert Rausenburg’s assemblage/combine paintings have influenced me to experiment with how found objects could enhance the content of my work. Some current artists that inspire me are: Victor Wang for his bright bold color and impasto texture, Ericka Grimm-Vance for her translucent linear movement mixed with abstract forms, Steven DaLuz for his airy softness combined with encaustic texture and ethereal chiaroscuro, and Ida Applebroog for her emotion created by images unconcerned with accuracy of form as well as the shaping effect her ideas have on her art.
Since God has given me art as an aid in working through my own struggles, in addition to a way of remembering how he has brought me through previous challenges; by sharing my art with the world I give back to him and to others, so it may encourage and lift others up as well. Because he tells us “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13NIV) and “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11NIV)