Julia K. Burzon
Julia K. Burzon is a self-taught artist whose generally representative artworks favor bright colors and circular forms. Her education in wildlife biology (B.S., M.S.) was undertaken with the ulterior motive of ensuring basic realism in her art and includes an undergraduate photography minor. Julia’s earliest professional work in art was in general and scientific illustration and photography in the 1990s, resulting in multiple publications.
After a long hiatus as a wildlife biologist and mother, Julia returned to art as a serious pursuit in 2018. In 2020’s COVID isolation, she decided to learn digital painting and spent a year creating daily apple-themed artworks as a structured way of doing so, which resulted in the creation of her “An Apple A Day” art blog (see website link). After that year of focus on the digital, Julia shifted back to working primarily with traditional analog media, especially acrylic painting, and has since been working both in-studio and en plein air. Julia continues to use art to explore her own psychological and emotional landscape and is keenly interested in both the process and products of that pursuit.
As stated in the description of the theme of this exhibition, beyond the “white picket fence” stereotype, there are as many different interpretations and experiences of “home” as there are people, with variations in location, time, space, and scale. Additionally, the argument can be made that for many the essence of “home” needn’t reference a particular location at all, but instead describes a feeling of safety and acceptance in a relationship with others.
Because of such disparity in what “home” can mean to different people, when doing a house “portrait,” I make a point of trying to capture what is particularly evocative of “home” to the resident, whether it is the uniqueness of the mid-century modern architecture, a forest rising up from behind, a cat in the driveway, a personal oasis in the front yard, or the way the lights glow in welcoming windows upon one’s return. If such a portrait can evoke that feeling of security and connection that is “home” for a viewer, I count it as a success.
Actually, I have found that I happen to have a bit of a preoccupation with “home,” myself. My crucial link seems to be a feeling of connection to the natural elements of a particular location (like individual trees or a creek’s wading pool or birdsong or the feeling of the warm sun). Since I don’t actually live near several crucial facets of “home” for me, I make a point of trying to capture sensory “snapshots” when I visit. By paying close attention to each of my senses when I am “home,” I can recreate the experience in my mind later. That way, how/where/whenever I travel forward from such moments, I can be like a snail, carrying my “home” with me.