JULIA SUZANNE is a sculptor and artist from St. Louis, Missouri. She recently earned her BFA in studio art from Azusa Pacific University.
Her current body of work explores the concept of a person’s value in the space that she occupies, and in turn, how that space is transformed. Julia Suzanne's large clay vessels draw from different elements of the human figure. These human-like forms are built out of slabs, shaped wood, and poured concrete. Scale is used to create an environment where viewers and the work have to compete for space. In doing so, she hopes to inspire viewers to recognize the weight that they have in our world.
The history and use of vessels informs much of Julia Suzanne's work. Vessels have been around for thousands of years. They act as storage containers for food, liquids, household goods, decorative objects, protection while transporting goods, and as the freeway in which nutrients move throughout the body. Vessels are characterized by their use, but often glazed over because of how commonplace they are. In her current body of work, Julia Suzanne hopes to provide a viewing experience for individuals to see themselves apart from utility, and instead recognize their value in relation to her large, substantial vessels.