Julia Gartrell

Durham, NC

Julia Gartrell was born and raised in Durham, and received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She was recently a Fellow at Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.

Julia is a sculptor who uses wood, textiles, native clays, plaster, bric-a-brac and found objects to interrogate material usage in traditional Appalachian craft and American culture. Reuse of material and “making do” are central to her explorations. The research grounding Julia’s work focuses on her paternal ancestors, who were subsistence farmers in rural north Georgia. Oral history, lore, and relics are among the things gathered for her practice.