Cigarette butts, acorns, bullet casings, mini video screens, and plastics are just some of the materials Julie Easton uses to create sculpture and works on paper that radiate beauty and elegance. The artist is actively engaged in a practice of making art that places materials, the medium, at the center of meaning in her work. Committed to a variety of disciplines, her sculptures, works on paper and installations exemplify her view of the world in which the mundane often becomes extraordinary.
Given a Kodak Instamatic camera as a child, Julie delighted in discovering and documenting the seemingly commonplace in her environment at an early age. As an adult, her worldview continues to be one of curiosity and wonder. Trained as a formalist, her work is substantially about texture and structure; however it is the concept, whether conceived or intuited, that informs and directs Easton’s use of materials.
In viewing the artist’s current work, the audience is propelled to question current environmental and social practices. Her concerns are often best articulated through work that juxtaposes organic with man-made materials.