Julie Kornblum

I make art for the same reasons I breathe. It is not a choice, it’s automatic, and it is necessary for life. I was the artist of the family as a child, but the artworks I envisioned were always rendered with sewing, embroidery, weaving, knotting, knitting, and crochet.

My work has addressed the environmental crisis of plastic trash and pollution. At University I was taught all the rules, the rights and wrongs of fiber traditions, weaving and basket making. Simultaneously, I learned to subvert the rules and traditions.

My materials are cast off, surplus, or waste: recycled copper wire, one-time-use plastic bags and bits. My color palette is deceptively bright and (one might say) cheery or whimsical. Found-Object-Assemblage is a term that could apply to what I do, and I call this palette is “found color.” It is the color story of plastic packaging. These one-time-use, disposable items are products, and they must attract consumers as they sit on store shelves.

These materials belong physically and conceptually to the modern age. Physically, they are by-products of industrialization. Conceptually, the ideas of disposability, one-time-use, surplus, and waste are modern inventions. Yet, what we have thrown away stays around, and will haunt us for who know how long.

More about Julie on her website, Julie Kornblum

Shown above, header: Detail from Plastic in the Trees I; 42″ h, 43″ w; Overshot Weaving; Surplus yarn with used plastic bags.

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