"I'm really glad to be here right now and not in a big city." 62"x 36", Fabric from my son's Bart Simpson halloween costume, chicken wire from my studio mate, old bedsheets slept on with long gone lovers-dyed yellow and shredded, vinyl strips from the inflatable bubble suits from my son's 8th birthday that all popped within a few hours, 20 shredded socks that had no matches, cotton rope from mom- unraveled and dyed purple and green. $1,500 (aka Rent for my HOME)
I've used salvaged materials in my art out of financial necessity for years, but during this Covid-19 Shelter in place using what I could find in my immediate environment (home and studio) became even more important and also an empowering and weird challenge. Almost anything can be broken down, rearranged, and transformed into a new object. Everything in this piece was found in my home, in my closet or shed out of things I would have normally discarded or donated to a thrift store. Each material has a memory attached, which is listed in the title to illustrate the emotional environment the piece was created in.
I’m Juli Elin. I got my BFA in sculpture from the University of Florida in 2009, and developed most of my art practice after that through experimentation and being a human wandering around the planet. I’ve been raising my son in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California for the last 9 years. Snowbroth is my worldview, my constant project. It strengthens my connection to the world. I hoard sentimental materials and transform them into unrecognizeable new objects. By morphing the things in my environment, it reorganizes into a place I actually want to live. Contact information: www.snow-broth.com