Julie Wills is an interdisciplinary artist working in the expanded field of sculpture, including installation, collage works on paper, performance, video and site-specific practices. In addition to her individual studio practice, Wills has worked since 2004 as one of four members of The Bridge Club collaborative.
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My work explores desire and its constraints: the harsh meeting of what is longed for and what is permissible or possible within the confines of social or cultural expectation.
Selection of materials is a primary consideration across my interdisciplinary practice. I choose materials for their metaphoric or associative meanings; matchsticks, for example, suggest a continuum from latent potential to residue. Other materials, such as hair, feathers, fur and eggshells reference and conflate the human and animal bodies. I use these overlaps to address the use, utility and pleasures of the body, particularly in terms of gender.
A current series of collage works on paper pairs traditional drawing materials with the nontraditional materials found in my sculptural works and incorporates a longstanding interest in poetic language.
MFA, University of Colorado, 2005
MA, Art Criticism, University of Montana, 2001
BFA, University of Montana, 1998