tenderly cradled and lavishly hungJuly 7 - August 11, 2018
Tragedy transforms the quotidian into a quest for meaning making; ordinary things once belonging to someone irradiate into coveted and sacred assets. Life’s trajectory is no longer linear, and passage through time becomes a scatter of moments: nurturing fascinations with butterflies and milkweed, catching ghost cats in the corner of the eye, valiantly elongating time through foolhardy and repetitive tasks. Fooled by flutters of hope dancing too close to the edge, what w as, swallowed whole, lives in the rib cage of grief.
Julia Schwartz’s paintings on repurposed and recovered surfaces are an attempt to shift away from painful remembrance into a monument of play. Images of cats, girls, and dots decorate the surfaces of various objects; they evoke adolescent tenderness. Things live on in the reliquary, and it’s messy. They build on top of one another and grow to become larger than life: a construction and a site through which the dream of the now is realized. Through her work, Schwartz endeavors to make sense of the perpetual fragmentation of grief by insisting on the permanence of the hopeful light of what is.