Julia Martin

Denver-based artist Julia Martin begins each day with writing, painting, or stitched drawings on scraps of paper. She carries these scraps in her pockets, weathering them before sewing them into small packages to end each day and later sews each note to a grid background of oil and cold wax on paper. Some writing is visible, while some remain private. Her work, which incorporates traditionally overlooked techniques such as quilting and sewing, challenges the hierarchy of fine art circles that often dismiss these techniques as craft or women’s work. Historically, the sewn thread sometimes comes off as an arbitrary material — predictable, yet something strong materializes when the thread is allowed less structure. The notes and threadwork are somewhat obscured by their gridded background until closer to the work, where the detail and process almost overwhelm. The compilation of notes chronicle time, identity, and effort, exploring what people carry that remains private and concealed in an age of prodigious posting and sharing.

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Title, medium, size and price for the above works:

Pocket Notes
Mixed Media
35.5″ x 27″ x 1.5″
$1,950.00

Water is Wide
Oil and cold wax with hand sewn mixed media notes
24″ x 36″ x 2″
NFS

52 Weeks
Oil and cold wax with hand sewn mixed media pocket notes
27.5″ x 35″ x 1.5″  
$1,950.00

Pocket Notes
Mixed Media
30″ x 22″ x 1.5″
$1,950.00

Pocket Notes (detail)

Grist
Mixed Media
36″ x 48″
NFS