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Julie Wills

Assistant Professor of Art

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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.

More information: www.juliewills.com

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<em>Asphodel (which thread to pull to untangle the stars?)</em>, 2016Asphodel (which thread to pull to untangle the stars?), 2016

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.

Zodiac (book of hours), 2016Zodiac (book of hours), 2016

 

<em>Love Medicine</em>, 2015Love Medicine, 2015

Education

MFA, University of Colorado, 2005
MA, Art Criticism, University of Montana, 2001
BFA, University of Montana, 1998