About Julie Gross
JULIE GROSS WORK STATEMENT
Drawing precedes painting in my work. Since 1998 I have been
using compasses to choreograph a network of circular forms, originally based on a sine wave or ‘s’ curve. These play with my interest in centrifugal/centripetal forces, in edges that set up tension as well as flow. Symmetry and other sets at times reference echo, reflection, and establish pattern. As forms expand and contract, interconnect and vie for dominance, the drawing serves as an extension of my breath, setting up a kind of dance that pulsates across the surface. Circles remain or morph into other shapes until an overall web of ‘bubble slices’ exists.
In the paintings, these forms serve as vessels for color. Color decisions begin intuitively, and build, based on desires for either harmonic or dissonant relations. I balance using what I know and what I don’t about color, allowing it to declare itself, yet keeping surprise in the equation.
The painted surface is precise and uninflected, allowing spatial interaction to be revealed simply and clearly, establishing a balance between surface tension and movement. I am compelled by the discreet relationships that emerge from the interplay of color and form, in a tense field where subject and ground alternate. I want the images to act as suspended, yet connected slices of light, breathing, tense and emergent.