Julie Wills is an interdisciplinary artist working in the expanded field of sculpture, including installation, collage, performance, video and site-specific practices. She holds an MFA from the University of Colorado, and an MA in art criticism from the University of Montana. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Jentel Foundation, PLAYA, and the Hambidge Center, among others, and exhibits her work widely.
My sculptures and collages are currently inspired by the tools of desire: wishes, hopes, effort and intention. An evolving understanding of my roles as a parent, child, sibling, spouse, citizen, friend and lover, as well as my awareness of competing external expectations for each of these roles, directly shapes the works’ content and structure. My artistic practice offers me a means of exploring current conditions and activating hope for an unrealized but longed-for future.
I choose materials for their metaphoric or associative meanings; matchsticks, for example, suggest a continuum from latent potential to residue while sandpaper contains a tactile recognition of its erosive function. I frequently draw imagery from celestial sources; the moon, stars and cosmos recur throughout in varying forms. This imagery, however, is eclipsed by its materiality. Stars are rendered as abraded holes in sandpaper, and deep space in a rough wood tree branch. My collages pair traditional drawing materials with the nontraditional materials found in my sculpture, and both 2D and 3D forms incorporate a longstanding interest in poetic language.