Artists often work in series or bodies of work. An initial inspiration comes and then the artist creates work after work exploring the concept in slight or distinct variations. Sometimes the artist works exclusively in one body or style for a period of time and then moves to another. More often a body of work is created over a longer period of time as an artist moves back and forth between series.
Texas artist Julie Richey seamlessly shifts from large scale installation work to sculptural forms to fine art panels, and within series. We have the honor of exhibiting work from her Common Heritage Series. This body of work began in 1995 and extends into the present. Richey's interest in the cave paintings of Lascaux and New Mexico brought to question the reason for their creation. Was it for decorative purposes or educational/documentational reasons? She explores the concept of animal paintings, the mysterious spiraling patterns as well as the gradual move into representing man.
Richey works in a range of piecing styles that best fit the specific work. In the work pictured above, she uses a random style andamento which is quite difficult to achieve without creating distinct lines and rows. Another piece in the series, New Grange II showcases a trademark style for Richey formally known as Opus sectile, which involves cutting full intricate forms using a wet saw, a style of mosaic made popular in Florence Italy in the 1600s.
These works are available now at M3
Coming Next...a new series by Julie Richey