Julie Wolf received a BFA from Pratt Institute and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

33 Bones
In 2016 Julie Wolf set out on a year break from NYC to volunteer teach and travel in India. Her travels took her further to Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Thailand. It was in Thailand that she underwent unplanned spinal surgery. While recovering in Hudson, NY, she contemplated the miraculous procedure that transformed her fragility, weakness and pain to strength and function. As she healed and meditated on her still very vulnerable body, she began to explore visual metaphors for a new series of work.

In 33 Bones, Julie applies the ancient process of weaving to her practice. By deconstructing her painted works on paper into small delicate strips, she recreates the “bones” of her once broken spine. Her subsequent “weaving” transforms those disparate pieces into newly whole sculptural works that explore color and pattern, form and function and ultimately, strength and vulnerability. Each piece is a variation on the human spine, which has 33 bones.

Julie received her BFA from Pratt Institute and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. A selection from 33 Bones will remain available for viewing at D’Arcy Simpson Art Works in Hudson, NY.

Waltz Paintings
Julie's Waltz series was inspired by trips to Vienna (Austria), the city of waltzes. There she found antique “Walzen”, which are structured paint rollers that were used instead of wallpaper in the 60’s, 50’s and earlier. Incidentally, the word “walzen” as a verb also means to dance the waltz. So, creating a body of work inspired by, and with the help of “waltzes” and “walzen” became a series wherein Julie combines brushes, hands and walzen to create multi-layered and very textural pieces. Their Old World charm and warm colors suggest a different epoch, and while some can come across to the viewer as quirky and whimsical, others are perfectly decorative in their stillness and calm.