Region 8 Southeast Florida
Buttonsage (Lantana involucrata)
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Julia Morrisroe, "FLOR: 476 Buttonsage (Lantana involucrata)," Gouache, watercolor, color pencil, ink on
paper, 10 x 12", 2012 (CC)
About the Artist
Julia Morrisroe is an artist and Associate Professor in painting and drawing. Morrisroe holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Fine Arts from University of Washington.
Exploring issues of consumerism and corporate ownership, Morrisroe has exhibited her creative research throughout the United States and abroad. Her work was included in the national traveling exhibition "Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for the New Generation” which originated at Carnegie Mellon University, (PA). Morrisroe's site-specific projects have been commissioned at Purdue University, Bakehouse Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University and SPACES. , and South Bend Museum of Art (IN).Morrisroe serves on the Artist Services Committee of the College Art Association, writes exhibition reviews published by Sculpture Magazine and curates exhibitions. She has received grants from the State of Florida, Michigan and City of Chicago and was commission to complete a public art project for the Jacksonville Airport.
Based in the tradition of painting and drawing, my research engages with the essence of their definition--the relationship of substance and support. I strive to expand the viewer’s understanding of this tradition through diverse media ranging from substances such as paint, drywall compound or embroidery floss. For supports I use material such as canvas, paper, wallpaper, gypsum board or baby diapers. My work also explores and frequently exploits the interplay between technologies and the handmade as I follow my inclination to let ideas rather than materials lead my studio work. The subject matter of my creative research is based on a focused examination of the environment around me. I look critically at the ‘stuff’ that fills our space, that arrives in our mailboxes, that is marketed to us in catalogs, and on the web and imagine the metaphysical impact of this visual stuff on our society.
Five hundred Florida artists are sought to create art for FLOR500, a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013. For more information click here.