Julie Wagner ~ New Mexico

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Julie Wagner: "I grew up roaming the woods of the northeast, collecting bugs, leaves and flowers. I have always loved drawing what I see on my walks and translating them to my art works. I still often return home with wasp's or bird's nests, seed pods, abandoned shells of cicadas or other bugs. Then, in my studio, I make paper sculpture and artist's books using my drawings, images of natural forms, scientific diagrams, and maps. I do oil transfer drawings on handmade Japanese paper, tear the pages into small pieces, which I then glue up to make vessel forms and book pages. I am exploring metamorphosis, patterns of growth and decay, and 'maps' of the natural world."

"New work coming soon"


Julie Wagner Sold Titles:  

A Day in the Bosque
By Julie Wagner
2005. Edition of 100.

3.675 x 65" extended. In Leporello binding with cloth covered boards. Inkjet prints on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper. Printed on an Epson R800 printer.

Julie Wagner: "The images in A Day in the Bosque are composed in Photoshop Elements 3 from photographs of the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in San Antonio, New Mexico, topographical maps, and scans of ink drawings done at the site. They trace the life in the refuge through one twenty-four hour period in November, from the cranes waking at dawn, through their flight to the corn fields to eat, and then back to the marshes to sleep through the night on the ponds."

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Heart Song
By Julie Wagner
El Rito, New Mexico: Julie Wagner, 2007. Edition of 100.

3.6 x 4.6"; 8 pages. Created in Photoshop Elements on an iMac computer. Printed using an Epson Stylus Photo 2400 printer. A flutter book of photographs, rubber stamps, and drawings printed on Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper. Cover is paper over boards with a paper title label with line drawing tipped on front board.

Julie Wagner: "Heart Song was created ... using an EKG of a beloved black Lab named Max." Bookended by an image of the dog and what is presumably its grave, Heart Song combines the EKG with simple images and a melancholy two-word chant, from "true heart . stout heart . good heart" to "heart failure . heart break . heart broken." It's a personal story, but one that should resonate with any pet owner.

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