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These are portraits of some people who are special to me. They bring color and vibrancy to life, so I try to portray them colorfully and vibrantly.
Julia Carpenter is best known for her large process-oriented paintings and drawings of birds and mammals. Carpenter holds a Master of Fine Arts from Montana State University and a BS in Art Education at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In Washington since 2010, Carpenter works as faculty at the Art Institute of Seattle, as well as a teacher at Kirkland Arts Center and Daniel Smith Artist Supplies.
"My work and process with its incessant adding, removing, scratching and carving into the media is a celebration of the tenacious life of these timorous beasties."
My souvenirs and memories are figured and refigured in my mind. I make photos of people, places, things. I put them back together after the moment has passed. I collect souvenirs every day. They change every day. They tarnish and tear. They are manipulated and repurposed so that I can remember them in a way that fits well inside my own mind.
I normally keep things close to home. My backyard becomes an enchanted forest, a hike leads to treasures, a dress too many sizes too big can suddenly transport a tiny body to magnificence.
I have always felt that without the photographic image I wouldn’t remember anything. I don’t remember what it feels like to be a child, to dress up, to dance in the rain. I make photographs so that I can preserve memories. They are my souvenirs- moments collected over time- recorded, reconstructed, and remembered.
The photographs in this collection were made between August 2013 and November 2014. The prints are made using an image transfer technique. More information about Julie can be found at Julie Graber Photography (http://www.juliegraber.com/)