EVERYTHING (cursive), 2012
Ink on paper
Original size: 84 x 42 in
Photographer: Yaowmarn Parinyapariwat
In her recent work, Julia Schwadron has been playing with the appearance of language. Patterns of lattice and matrix-like structures have appeared in her paintings and drawings. Using relatively neutral words such as OK, or patterns of XOXO, she creates layers of repeating motifs using theses letters to both undo and re-do meaning. One drawing titled, EVERYTHING, uses this word by folding it back and forth on itself in a design that resembles architectural details or patterns found elsewhere in the world. These drawings suggest that language might slip into physical form and perhaps vice versa. The drawings are designed to be both literally “read” while also looked at as abstractions.
She aims to use language as a visual code for thought that goes beyond standard comprehension to become meaningful as an image as well as text.
Driving her art-making are fundamental questions around the conventional notions of internal vs. external, i.e. our thoughts vs. our exterior environment. Schwadron attempts to find a way to blur these boundaries and create layers that more closely resemble the complicated ways we experience the world.