Presence in Absence, 2011
Pine wood, C-prints, plexiglass, handwritten note from Sister Noella (“The Cheese Nun”). 6 x 4 x 1’. Courtesy the artist.
Julia Sherman mines folk traditions, canonical art history, feminist theory and a range of personal anxieties to create tableaus of fantasy, philosophy and interrogation. She is the founder of workspace in LA and has apprenticed with a weaver, a wig-maker and a cobbler. She is an alumnae of the Mountain School of Art and recently received her MFA from Columbia University. She is a contributing artist/writer to Triple Canopy, White Zinfandel, Cabinet Magazine and The Highlights art journal. In her most recent work she examines the 1968 Miss America Pageant and the Women’s Liberation intervention of the event, in an effort to consider the legacy and contemporary state of the American feminist movement. Using her research as raw material, Sherman collaborates with individuals in the wide web of this story to reenact and re-imagine these seminal, but little known events, that seem to be an allegorical foreshadowing of times to come. This methodology results in symbolic objects, documentation and narrative that speak to the story of their making more than the sanctity of objects themselves.