Julie Alpert

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Exhibition
March 17 - April 29, 2018
Winston and Marshall Gallery

Julie Alpert modifies and arranges craft materials and found-objects in temporary room-size compositions that become frozen records of her private performance. After it is completed, she documents and de-installs it until, as she describes it, “nothing remains but the photographs and a pile of broken and tattered materials, like the sad detritus of an epic celebration the night before.” She also makes drawings and sculptural works on paper that help her discover new forms and color combinations for future installations. Her work is highly symbolic in nature, with recurring motifs including roses, chains, bows, drips, nonsensical text, hearts, hashtags and flying carpets. Together, these symbols form an invented language that Alpert uses to explore her complicated relationship with disappointment, decoration, nostalgia, and the trappings of femininity.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Alpert has lived in Seattle since 2006. She has an MFA from the University of Washington and a BA from the University of Maryland. She has received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, Artist Trust, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The Neddy Awards. Alpert is represented by Bridge Productions in Seattle.

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Julie Alpert, Look-alikes (detail), site-specific installation at SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2014, house paint, acrylic, marker, tape, paper, vinyl, cardboard, altered furniture, light box, string, 10’ x 16’ x 10’. Photo credit: David Wentworth.