JULIA COCUZZA - PAINTER, MURALIST, DESIGNER, TEACHER

ALL IMAGES © JULIA COCUZZA 2003-2019

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ABOUT  BIO + ARTIST STATEMENT

BIO

 

Art maker and prime mover, mostly. I was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, earned a BFA from Syracuse University, MFA from Brooklyn College, and have spent the last thirteen years in Brooklyn, New York, as a painter, muralist, designer, print maker, teacher, administrator, t-shirt peddler, beat blender, strap hanger, and high fiver.  A few of my favorite things include dancing, music, buying CDs, social justice, urban renewal, NCAA brackets, wine, street art, second lines in New Orleans, and re-watching episodes of The Wire.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a painter, muralist, print maker, and teacher, simultaneously enamored with and haunted by city life, music, perception of memory, social engagement, and obsolete media.  I use dissolving forms, broken lines, overlapping narratives, and chopped perspectives to reflect the density, fragility, and beautiful fever pitch of the present moment and its ties to social interaction, memory, and obsolescence. I celebrate outmoded objects as vessels of human creatively and affection, culturally loaded physical capsules whose lost content echoes back and forth between past and present.  Like a DJ sampling, extending, and reassembling a break of music, I take what exists, perhaps dusty and forgotten, and reassemble, invert, cut, and fade into something completely new. I aim to really enter these objects and view them from the inside, compressing time and space into a lush cluster of color, shape, and memory that reveals something greater than before. I collide subject matter on canvas because life is a perpetual collision of matter, pressed to the flat file of both our memory and the present moment. 

 

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