I explore in recent woodblock print series the theme of migration, relocation and resettlement as a universal, physical, and personal part of human history and experience.
My work references the winds and tides of human attachment and energy, by turns, dispersing, settling and accumulating as they are layered and pieced together by time.
I am inspired by the study of man-made and natural structures and by the process of working with the inherent possibilities of a variety of materials to create works of art that imply a physical journey through the layers of story, structure and space. Through the process of layering, experimenting with translucent and opaque media, and the inversion of print images I am able to break through habits of mark making into new configurations.
Julia Shepley’s work is represented in museum, university, corporate and library collections. Exhibitions of her work include: MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany; Kuntverien Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany; The Sculpture Center, Cleveland Ohio, The Danforth Museum, Framingham MA; The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA; I.C.A. at MCA, Portland, ME; The Rose Art Museum, Waltham MA; The Mills Gallery, Boston, A.I.R. Gallery NYC among many others.
Her work has been reviewed recently in Artscope Magazine, The Boston Globe, Bomb Magazine, Art New England and Sculpture Magazine.
Her studio is in the Brickbottom Artist Building in Somerville, MA. Her work is represented by the Boston Sculptors Gallery.