Arctic Phytoplankton and Life Under the Ice? are Julie’s stunning representations of the North and South Poles. Seagasm portrays the power of the Sun being received into the waters. In Flames of Passion, an orange rose unfolding from the sea signifies the flames of desire and the magnanimous Venusian Love being birthed into the world. Pomegranate, Seeds of Hope, Too Much Cabbage, and other works were divinely guided by the winds of Sophia.
“The vastness of the Universe down to the teeny rocks of an anthill—that’s what stirs my soul to tell a story through my paintings,” Julie says. “And I feel no fear or despair with climate changes. I think that as humanity evolves, we will always be supported by the Seen and Unseen natural world, and my work reflects that.”]]>
The name of the piece is “Dec0de” and is pictured above (click image for a larger view). Each employee involved with this project wrote and painted secret messages in binary code which are hidden throughout the piece.
Julie inspired the engineers at Micron to become artists. Her skills and vision helped guide us from vague ideas to a fully complete work of art that everyone is proud of. The process of creation helped us to transcend some of our professional barriers and gave us a space to talk about the things in life that are truly important. She’s an energetic and passionate mentor and it was a joy to work with her!
- Nate Koch, Micron Technology, Inc.
This was a very rewarding project, and working with Nate Koch and the employees of Micron Technology was a great honor!]]>
seven sanguine petals unfold
emanating Her nectar
In eastern sky
as the Morning
charmed by Her
On June 5, 2012, the planet Venus will move between the Earth and the Sun, visible to the human eye as a small black dot crossing the solar disk. This “Venus transit” is a rare astronomical phenomenon: the next will occur in 2117. Longmont-based artist Julie Clement celebrates this event in Venus and Sun, a monumental (32 feet by 8 feet) wall mural commissioned by the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center and supported by the Friends of the Longmont Museum. Created in the artist’s signature dot-style of painting over a period of six weeks, Clement’s vivid and imaginative interpretation of these celestial bodies is at once overwhelming in scale and intricate in detail. Its repetition of form—thousands of dots—and its vibrancy of color inspire a meditative experience for the viewer.
Dots figure big in the work of Georges Seurat, Roy Lichtenstein, Australian Aboriginal artists, and Colorado modernist Vance Kirkland (1904–1981). Clement, as Kirkland did, paints with the tips of dowel rods to depict celestial bodies and cosmic phenomena. “Dots make me joyful. They’re so simple—like a prayer,” says Clement, who finds inspiration in the dot’s pure organic form and its ability to render highly complex and rich compositions that transcend the ornamental. Clement is also drawn to the mythology of Venus, which, for millennia, has been viewed as a source of love, beauty, and creativity.
The scale of Clement’s mural is also significant to the museum at this time:
“The Longmont Museum and Cultural Center is a space where artists can think big and realize large-scale work that is more difficult to show in a commercial gallery setting. Julie’s work, along with a mural currently on our building’s exterior, Overflow, by Longmont-based artist Gamma Acosta, demonstrates a new approach to featuring local artists. Our hope is that it will raise awareness of the creativity and innovation that exists in our community. ”
- Wesley Jessup, Director, Longmont Museum and Cultural Center
Please visit the following video link from the Longmont Times-Call: Mural at Longmont Museum Marks Venus’ Transit
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I am so grateful for the opportunity to be in the warehouse of the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center to bring forth this deep expression. I hope to see you all at the opening on May 12, 6 – 9 pm.]]>