Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Kanapaux.
Hi Julie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
A naturalist at heart, I have always had a deep affinity for landscapes. Over the years, my interest in physical space and how we view it has become increasingly incorporated into my artwork.
I am attracted to abstract work because it allows flexibility of interpretation. Each viewer will perceive something perhaps entirely different than another. Our personal experiences form this perspective and change with time. Therefore, I find abstraction gives us the ability to grow on a deeper level with the artwork.
Beginning as intuitive and expressive organic forms, my imagery seeks to extrude order and balance from natural chaos. In an attempt to make work more relevant to current culture and society, I began replacing traditional materials with digital tools several years ago. I find that the digital platforms allows for endless exploration without the “drying time.” It also allows my vision to be created on a massive scale.
This evolution of my work is fueled by an underlying belief that our perception of space forms our experience. My artwork expresses the connecting thread that both unifies and separates that space.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Working professionally as an artist takes determination, perseverance, and some bravery. Just like making artwork itself, the journey is a part of the process.
I’ve had to repeatedly suppress self-doubt and the myth of the “Starving Artist” to be at a point where I am more successful both mentally and financially than ever before.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am most known for my large-scale digital work, such as “Momentum” at the Alfred Goldstein Library at the Ringling College of Art and Design. While I do work digitally, I still create with traditional materials and techniques as well. I love the process of merging the “traditional” and “new” to create innovative work that asks questions and explores process.
What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Be patient and leave space for the unknown.
I like to work on several projects and ideas simultaneously, and often have many commissions in the works. While I usually have my cup fairly full, I have found that when I leave room for other possibilities or options… sometimes the most unexpected delights arrive.
- Originals $500 – $3,000
- Prints $25 – $600
- Commissions $1,000-$10,000
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: kankanstudios.com
- Instagram: juliekanapaux
- Facebook: @juliekanapaux