I am primarily a painter, and usually work in oil on canvas or linen. When I travel I like to take more portable things, like book pages and watercolor pencils or gouache; but I always return to painting in oil.
This first image is from the Hollow Sea series. In the previous series ( ‘the organizing principles’) I had been working with an idea of structures that organize us (humans) in the world, and although that idea was quite familiar to me as an abstract concept, I began to see it as a thing, a shape. I wrote about it: “The image I am obsessed with is a kind of concretization of that phrase ‘organizing principle,’ because for the first time I saw it like a structure: birdcage, prison cell, house, antlers, architectural shape.” This painting in particular was a response to a poem ( ‘ice immobile in a hollow sea melts no more’ ) and was incorporating the idea of structure rather than figure.
The second image is a construction I made out of discarded window screens. I tore out the screen part, and the structure sits just outside my studio. It changes shape now and again, deliberately, or due to unseen forces. -Julia Schwartz, 2012