Julie Nellenback Henry
My current body of work seeks to answer the question, How do I create feeling with simple shape, texture, and color? Everything in my studio practice right now is growing directly out of that question. This work is unapologetically flawed, warm, and tactile. The collages are meant to be a study of the relationship between restraint and the compulsion to fill space. They are also meant to remind us of our humanity. Utilizing old, deconstructed textiles and leaving hints of underpainting, I invite the viewer to fall in love with imperfection. By exploring fabric collage painting in this way, I pay homage to the earliest artistic influences from my family as well as following in the footsteps of artists who created abstract simplicity using the process of assemblage. The paintings have an honest, bold formality. They are pensive rather than conceptual.