Julie Nellenback Henry/ contemporary multi media artist wtih a focus on painting
Currently working on: oil paintings , ink paintings on paper, mixed media drawings with collage on paper, leather wall hangings, assemblage sculpture and constructions
Other artistic pursuits: printmaking, letterpress, leather jewelry
Earliest influences: Thornton Dial, Jean Michel Basquiat, Frida Kahlo, Francesco Clemente
Current Influences: Joan Mitchell, Jorge Queiroz, Leonardo Drew, Charline Von Heyl, Amy Sillman, Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois, Conrad Marca-Relli, James Baldwin, Tomas Transtromer and Robert Rauschenberg.
I was greatly influenced to start making art after seeing a large scale work by the late Mr. Thorton Dial. This dimensional painting depicted a red tiger with old carpet applied to the surface creating a fur texture. The unrestrained urgency in the work as well as Mr. Dial's use of garbage as material for art made a huge impression on me. My experience with that particular painting marked a defining moment in my early adult life. It was the moment that I realized the power of art.
Reagrding my work today:
I do not have a signature style. I am not a brand. I strongly believe that as an artist it is my responsibility to deepen the mystery and to maintain a nonconformist stance no matter the consequence.
For me, making art is an exercise in trusting myself. My goal is to be as unrestrained as possible in the work. I feel like I am always holding back and I don't know why and I don't like it.
Recent notes from my sketchbook -
What is it that compels me to keep painting and to continue making marks?
Am I trying to organize something? Explain something? Find something?
( like a complex calculation or treasure hunt or how the earth looks from the highest mountain )
Am I trying to remember something?
Recent notes from the wall of my studio -
Who am I in regards to this work?
In pieces / parts
Seeking a safety or security that does not exist
Not sacred / not fragile
Letting go in order to evolve
Thinking a lot about shape