Julia Oldham: Coyote Charm
Print on Hahnemuhle 308gsm
11 × 14 in
Edition of 30
Courtesy of the artist and Art in General
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Art in General’s 2009 New Commission Julia Oldham: The Timber explores the artist’s fascination with bug culture through a combination of performance and video art. Oldham’s creations utilize her body’s physical presence to examine the conflict between unity and disharmony all human beings struggle with in relation to nature. Shooting her videos outdoors in the wilderness, she takes on the role of the insect, using her appendages to replicate the movements and respond to the sounds these creatures make during climactic life moments. Oldham’s art re-contextualizes the human relationship with nature, drawing attention to our competing responses of curiosity and repulsion when confronted with the insect world and relating them to our struggles between empathy for and alienation from nature.
Julia Oldham (American) was raised by a physicist and an avid gardener, and spent most of her youth exploring the surrounding woods and creeks with her mother and doing science experiments with her father. She finds the potential for romance everywhere, weaving love stories out of the complexities of physics and math, the mating dances of insects, and chance encounters with wild animals in the forest. Casting herself in the role of lover, wanderer and scientist, she creates a mythology of the heart with her videos, drawings and songs. Oldham received a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Chicago in 2005. Her work has been screened/exhibited at Art in General in New York, NY; MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY; The Drawing Center in New York, NY; The Bronx Museum of Art in the Bronx, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; the Dia Foundation in New York, NY; and the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.