Artist Statement & Portfolio
My passion is creating art that is intriguing, meaningful, and a treat to explore. My artwork is inspired by subjects that I find fascinating, such as the universe, science, and my own synesthesia. I want to provide you with a window into my world through my artwork.
I consider myself to be a scientific artist. Science and art are a natural fit for me. I am also blessed with synesthesia, which is a crossing of the senses. To me, every letter and every number is synonymous with a color. I cannot see or think of 5 without seeing red, for example, or M without blue. Hearing music is also a colorful experience for me. I often use music as inspiration for my artwork.
I am a multidisciplinary artist, working in traditional mediums and digital technology, as described below:
• When working with traditional mediums, I usually start with alcohol ink on clay board. I often light the alcohol ink on fire to add texture to the board. The fire introduces an element of chaos to the piece, which I enjoy. I use various combinations of felt pen, oil pastels, and air brush to complete the piece after the burn.
• All of my digital artwork is drawn by hand on my iPad® using an app called ProCreate. This app allows me to zoom in so that I can achieve intricate detail. I have giclée or aluminum prints made of my digital pieces, which are sold as limited editions with a limit of 95 prints.
My style is a modern variation of art nouveau. Given that I am incorporating coarse, abstract shapes into my work, I call it “Art Nouveau for the 21st Century.”
I always get lost working on my artwork. Time escapes me, and I enter a world of mesmerizing shapes and colors. Some people get lost exploring my artwork, and some people find things in my art. Through my artwork, I find myself. I hope you will join me in exploring the universe, science, and my colorful existence through my artwork.
- Julia Hamilton