Julia Kidd

Julia Kidd
Artist Statement 


Storytelling is the foundation upon which our society, culture, and livelihoods are built. In my artistic practice I create visual narratives that entice the viewer through exploring the all-consuming facets of human nature, such as passion, ambition, and fear. I primarily work with oil and acrylic paint on canvas, but when materiality can clarify and further develop meaning, I engage in multimedia work including fabric, cake, or other paint agents such as gel medium, marble dust, and turpentine. Color relationships play a large role in my work, creating optical illusions, conveying meaning cultivated through historical reference and psychological associations, and giving life to otherwise static imagery. My motivations rely on the subversion of well-known literary and visual symbols, reinterpreted in order to explore contemporary societal issues. My process tends to evolve from my own writing to visual collage, and then coalesces into the final piece, as exemplified in my CAKE and Fairytale Portrait series. I explore painting narratively in a surreal style, engaging in dialogue with current events and offering new perspectives on old tales in pursuit of those deep desires that drive us to both greatness and madness. By placing my work at the juncture of the literary and the visual, the figurative and the emotional, and the past and the present, I aim to share both my experiences with the viewer as well as my hope for the future.

 

Installation shot of "Branded"
Installation shot
Installation shot
Installation shot
Installation shot
Installation shot
Installation shot of "Eternal Bloom"
Installation shot
Branded, 2020, 6.5 x 4.5 feet, fabric, acrylic paint, acrylic flow medium
Branded, 2020, 6.5 x 4.5 feet, fabric, acrylic paint, acrylic flow medium
Let Them Eat Cake, 2020, 12 x 12 inches, acrylic on MDF panel
Let Them Eat Cake, 2020, 12 x 12 inches, acrylic on MDF panel
Cake Your Face, 2020, 8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas panel
Cake Your Face, 2020, 8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas panel
FDA Approved, 2020, 12 x 9 inches, oil on canvas panel
FDA Approved, 2020, 12 x 9 inches, oil on canvas panel
Making Cake, 2020, 12 x 12 inches, Acrylic on MDF panel
Making Cake, 2020, 12 x 12 inches, Acrylic on MDF panel
Kal Promesa as The Huntsman, 2021, 12 x 9 inches, oil on canvas panel with wooden mounts
Kal Promesa as The Huntsman, 2021, 12 x 9 inches, oil on canvas panel with wooden mounts
Nicole Leach and The Familiar Spirit, 2021, 9 x 12 inches, Oil on canvas
Nicole Leach and The Familiar Spirit, 2021, 9 x 12 inches, Oil on canvas
Hannah Young as The Light Princess, 2021, 12 x 9 inches, Oil on canvas
Hannah Young as The Light Princess, 2021, 12 x 9 inches, Oil on canvas
Eternal Bloom, 2021, 30 x 40 inches, oil on canvas
Eternal Bloom, 2021, 30 x 40 inches, oil on canvas

VADA Senior Exhibition 2021

Formatted Title

Staff

Formatted Title

Emeriti Faculty