Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Goldstein.
Julie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a woodcut printmaker. It is a small community of artists that master in this technique. I found my passion as a printmaker in college and never turned back. I changed my major, stayed in school a bit longer just to complete my degree in printmaking. My content is autobiographical, along with historical components that tell stories about women. I focus on inspirational content that entails subject matter about the sea, camaraderie, motherhood, love, and a fearless attempt at breaking societal norms.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I tell visual stories using the woodcut method as my primary technique to execute a message.
I always start a body of work by researching ALOT! Usually, I research for about a year if not more. Simultaneously, I fill up my sketchbook with images, textures, words, and colors. I write during the time that I draw; this helps me connect closely to the stories that unfold based on my research.
Then I transfer the images to wood. The sizes vary from 12”x12” to 48”x72”.
After I draw onto the wood, I spend a few weeks carving. The last step is printing. This is the most challenging step, both mentally and physically, because I hand-print each woodcut with a wooden spoon. I love the way the spoon creates textures, and I have the ability to control the values(lights and darks) in each area of the woodcut.
There is so much that I hope the viewer takes away from my work. I have a deep passion for empowering women to feel strong both in their bodies and in their minds. I hope the images provoke an emotion that instigates a memory, passion, and feeling of happiness and power. This can be from an image based on motherhood or a memory of being promiscuous and rebellious. The work is based deeply in historical content that re-tells stories of women pioneers. I use myself and women in my life to portray the roles that women play day to day. I hope that these stories resonate and instill a timeless, fearless desire to be present in life.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
The role of the artist has always been the same: to inspire, educate, connect, influence, and manifest what is and what could be on any realm. The stories that artists present are based on the truth and often times can make the viewer uncomfortable or frustrated, but that is a good thing. The job of the artist is to instill emotion and cause an aesthetic response from the viewer, whether that be film, music, design, theatre, writing, or fine art. It’s all the same, and its job is to create a contagious connection amongst humans. The only thing that has changed greatly is the platform. I deeply believe that there is no other way to view art in its purest form than to view it with our very own eyes or listen to it with our very own ears. Allowing ourselves to be awake enough to appreciate what is being presented to us and to allow ourselves to feel the emotions that arise.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The easiest way to view my work is on my websites and Instagram.
I also exhibit at The Ann Coen Gallery in New Jersey, The Polu Gallery in Waikiki and this summer will be in a group show at The Drang Gallery in London.
- Address: 239 Willowspring Drive North
Encinitas CA 92024
- Website: http://juliegoldstein1.com/; www.swm.la
- Phone: 609-709-3167
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @swmwithme