Alumni portfolios

  • Mariposa Monarca, 2015, 72 x 60 inches, oil and mixed media on canvas.
    Mariposa Monarca, 2015, 72 x 60 inches, oil and mixed media on canvas.
  • Mariposa Monarca, 2015, 72 x 60 inches, oil and mixed media on canvas.
    Mariposa Monarca, 2015, 72 x 60 inches, oil and mixed media on canvas.
  • Tectonic, 2015, 15.25 x 12.25, inches oil and acrylic on panel.
    Tectonic, 2015, 15.25 x 12.25, inches oil and acrylic on panel.
  • Luna, 2015, 13 x 10 inches, oil and acrylic on canvas.
    Luna, 2015, 13 x 10 inches, oil and acrylic on canvas.
  • Emissions: Bioluminescence, 2015, 8x 8 inches, oil and acrylic on panel.
    Emissions: Bioluminescence, 2015, 8x 8 inches, oil and acrylic on panel.
  • Emissions: Spectra, 2015, 7 x 7 inches, oil and acrylic on canvas.
    Emissions: Spectra, 2015, 7 x 7 inches, oil and acrylic on canvas.

Julia Fernandez-Pol

Biography 

Julia Fernandez-Pol is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work deals with painting, intense chroma, and overwhelming surface quality generated by a duality of materiality/immateriality. She is interested in emerging relationships between rococo aesthetic, fetishized surface qualities, and a core curiosity in nature, science, and light, resulting in a visceral experience. She has attended several prestigious residencies including Yaddo, Oehme Graphics, Riverhouse Editions, and the Vermont Studio Center. She has had several solo shows and been included in group shows in the United States, China, and Argentina. Fernandez-Pol holds a master's degree in fine arts from Boston University and a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Statement 

I am interested in moving between imagery driven by the organic biological world and inorganic natural world that expresses itself through a relationship with visible and non-visible light. These intense visual experiences in nature drive my work in the form of color, shape, and material. The process-based, abstraction approach is about achieving an intensity in both visual and visceral experiences expressed through intense chroma, opulent surface qualities, and a duality of materiality/immateriality.

Seductive and deceptive aspects in nature drive the sense of whimsy and fantasy in my work, while formal mathematical structures of order and chaos in nature drive the energy and pace of undulating marks, colors, and patterns. My approach of looking at the world through microscopes, telescopes, and kaleidoscopes has shaped the scale and shifting morphology of marks, colors, and patterns, juxtaposing the minute and the explosive.

By its virtues and constraints, paint as a material has naturally led my work in its relationship to growth and the natural world and attempts to confront objectivity. This has led me toward a focus on the inorganic world, where the relationship between materiality and optical phenomena has come to the forefront. My interest in heightened visceral and sensory experience translates through my need to understand more clearly the science and relationship behind seeing, visible light, and object. These curiosities are rooted in ephemeral states of light and chemical properties of matter through diffraction/refraction leading my work towards reflective and transparent surface qualities.

In the end the visual and corporeal experiences I'm interested in creating are mostly about the grotesquely unapologetic and primordial beauty that I've experience in nature, that point of convergence that creates a sense of escapism in a postmodern culture.