My work is a form of painting with paper on two- or three-dimensional surfaces, often incorporating objects picked up along the Potomac River and city streets. It reflects on the impact our culture has on the environment and the impact that nature still has on us.
My goal with an exhibition is to surround the viewer with visuals and with sound. I like to hang some pieces overhead, or high on a wall, to tug at visitors' peripheral vision. I often include a video to provide a soundtrack: passing freights for Train Wrecks, for instance, or cooing doves for Mass Produced Pigeons.
I often start with one of my photographs (or a historic picture in the case of Train Wrecks), then re-create it with scraps of paper from magazines and gift catalogues or fast food wrappers. At the first, I try for realism, mimicking colors and values, but after awhile I go for broke and strange things creep in. Along the way text often accumulates, and I'm happy to let some of it stand. The title of a piece can always be found somewhere in the image as a piece of found text.
Julie Maynard is based in Maryland, U.S.A. Trained as a plant physiologist, in recent years she ran a couple of small community newspapers. She is a member of an artists’ cooperative called TAG/The Artists Gallery in Frederick, Md.
Maynard has had solo exhibitions throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and had work accepted into regional and national juried shows. These shows include the Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition (University of Maryland University College, 2013 and 2019), Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Md., Delaplaine Visual Arts Center Annual Juried Show (Best In Show award, for body of work), Frederick, Md., and "On Paper" at Annmarie Gardens, Solomons, Md. (one of three Juror's Awards).
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