julie murphy seavy
I believe Art relates to discovering something true about life. I approach my work believing in this possibility. The truth I might find is not the physical product of my work, but rather what lies within, behind, and all around it – and especially what propels its creation and what I uncover during the process itself. When someone finds a path into my work, his or her own truth blends with mine and a new something emerges.
This is the beauty of Art. This is the potential of Art.
Whether working in oil paints, watercolors, mixed-media, or glass, I find the creative process fun and challenging. Time stands still. I discover inspiration all around me, in the remarkable and the ordinary, and in the materials themselves. My work captures the rich colors and textures of the natural world, the energy and movement of imagination, and the emotion of human experience.
Glass is particularly fascinating to me, partly due to its seeming magical contradictions: it is fragile yet strong; sharp and smooth; shiny or dull; clear and colorful; liquid, melting and stretched or hard and solid; reflective or opaque. The experience I have of working with and observing glass is always changing – even as the light moves. Or running my fingers across the different textures of glass when holding a finished piece. When I create something, I am always surprised and joyful when the glass emerges from the kiln because glass does what it will. Glass is not always predictable and that is part of the mystery and delight in working with it.
Recent exhibitions include:
- Gallery Mio, Denver, Colorado (October 2009)
- Seamark Arts, Deer Isle, Maine (August 2010)
- Park East, Pueblo, Colorado(December 2010 - March 2011)
- Motion Studies, Glass Artists of the Pikes Peak Region Annual Juried Show, Manitou Springs, Colorado (June - August 2011)
Holiday Art & Artisan Sale, Denver, Colorado
- Lakewood Cultural Center Annual Juried Holiday Show, Lakewood, Colorado (November - December 2011)
American Dreamers Holiday Artisans, Littleton,
Colorado (November 2011 - January 2012)
- Haystack Mountain School, Deer Isle, Maine (August 2011) Porcelain Hand-building and Surface Techniques with Kevin Snipes
- Painted Platter, Denver, Colorado (January 2012 - present), Class Instructor Kiln-Formed Glass Techniques and Special Projects