Julie Sass’ painterly work consists of overlaying partially transparent layers with geometric forms.
The interrelation between those forms is also at the core of the artist’s exploration in her etching projects. Here Julie Sass was able to form the partial transparent layers with the help of different printmaking techniques – aquatint and chine-collé.
Space, Matter and Materiality
Shifts in colour and texture are important elements in Julie Sass’ artistic research. Her primary concerns as an artist are space, matter and materiality. When writing about Julie Sass’ artistic practice the Art critic Peter Michael Hornung described it as a process where pictures are built. In fact, Julie Sass’ graphics can be seen as a sort of construction. Each new element in the composition leads to the next.
A State of Flux
By playing with the composition and modifying the tactile properties of the elements, Julie Sass gives her work the feeling of being in a state of flux. It feels like the balance she manages to achieve is momentary and yet, Julie Sass succeeds to create a sense of harmony. In fact, Julie Sass’ etchings can be seen as a sort of architecture as each element is essential for the balance of the composition without which the harmony would be lost. This fragile equilibrium, that Julie Sass so skilfully manages to achieve, becomes then the key element of engagement between the viewer and her work.
Julie Sass, born 1971, lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She received an MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (DK) and New York University, NY (USA). Julie Sass’ recent exhibitions include At the Edge of Becoming, Galleri Maria Friis, Copenhagen (DK), IMAGE: temporary constellation, Fiendish Plots, Lincoln, NE (USA), Light Matter, Politikens Forhal, Copenhagen (DK). Her work is included in the collections of Kastrupgårdsamlingen, Kastrup (DK), The Danish Arts Council (DK), Västra Götalandsregionens Konstsamling (SE).
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There is a shared interest in space and materiality that forms a connection between Julie Sass' work and Morten Buch's large format woodcuts.