The Arts Page | Feature | Julie VonDerVellen

The Arts Page | Feature | Julie VonDerVellen


[Music] Julie VonDerVellen:
I started to pull away from the computer and started to work with the book format and paper
as my main material. [Music] Working with the sheet of paper and manipulating
it in various, different ways, and I just loved it. [Music] My name is Julie VonDerVellen, and I am a
paper artist. [Music] For me, it’s about this curiosity of working
with paper as the material because it’s just so commonplace, and we see it every day. But for me, I try to kind of work with it,
and manipulate it, and find new ways to form it and to sculpt with it. And I’ve continued to tell stories or emotions
or express my feelings or experiences through all of the objects that I’ve made. [Music] So I started making hand-made books, so I
was folding the sheets and binding them, sewing them, but then I started to say, “ok, can
I build or sculpt with this as well”? [Music] I made a dress, and then I made shoes, and
then just having that object come to life in that 3-dimensional format was really inspiring
to me because it just kept that curiosity of, “ok, I built that. Now, what if I can build this”? So it’s just kind of evolved that way. [Music] Everything I’ve done with paper has been that
pursuit of “can I do this with paper”, make an object out of a non-traditional material? [Music] It starts with a sketch, has that story, and
then the story’s printed on it or written on it in some regard. But there’s always some sort of written element,
some sort of written typography. [Music] It’s really simple in terms of the materials
and the tools that I use. It’s the blades, the paper, and a PVA glue,
and that’s really it. But it’s just mostly paper holding and molding
itself together. [Music] It starts with one big sheet of paper, and
I always have kind of a blank slate. And I struggle with getting into the next
step without cutting it apart [laughs]. So I typically have one big sheet, and I cut
it into strips, and then it’s called paper plating, where you weave strips of paper into
the other strips of paper. [Music] I love that textural experience that it provides. [Music] It’s tedious, and it takes a long time to
cut all those strips and then to weave them back together. But that becomes a time for me to kind of
meditate on what exactly this piece will evolve into. [Music] The paper will hold itself together, then
I reinforce that by putting a sheet underneath it, and I glue that surface together. So it’s the woven piece and then glued to
another surface. And then I can sculpt with that. [Music] In previous works, I’ve stitched over the
top of it to make sure that it holds together, with some of the garment pieces. But I can embroider over the top of it. That tends to help hold everything together. [Music] The title of the exhibition at the Alfons
Gallery is called “En Route”. The show is a series of sculptural objects,
recent collage work that I’ve been exploring, textile weavings with the paper. [Music] Valerie Christell:
I look at it as an important cultural exhibition. I see Julie as an artist that really connects
with paper, and paper as a fragile medium but as an opportunity to transform our visions
of something else. [Music] I see her stories woven in about herself and
stories about growth and metaphors for her existence in life that we can all relate to,
and comments on society and the consumer culture. [Music] We have 3-dimensional works. We have Julie’s cuckoo clocks and her watches. We have her piece “Epilogue”, which is a number
of, looks like cut pieces of a tree, so you can see the inner rings. And then we have a number of larger pieces,
some free-form which are very nicely hung. They just exist within the space and not behind
glass. [Music] It’s about the process, her journey, and working
through things, and taking time to process things and transform. [Music] Pieces like these intricate weavings that
really, you have to slow down so you get, when you look at her pieces, that it’s a meditative
process. [Music] Julie VonDerVellen:
I’m just proud of the way that I’ve continued to pursue the creative-problem-solving process,
making these pieces. And that drives me every day. [Music]

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