Focusing on the human body, I often attempt to animate and anthropomorphize clay by embellishing bulging, blob-like forms with frills, floral motifs and colourful patterns. Undulating surfaces, much like rolls of fat, morph and fold onto protuberances or pipe-like openings, with limbs and sometimes hands emerging from the forms themselves. These sculptures are unlike the delicate and modest porcelain figurines in my mother's china cabinet. Rather, they are tough and bloated, awkward and overdressed, struggling with expectations of beauty, femininity and otherness.
Subverting the tendency to provide clear definitions, my work attempts to incite a series of questions (posed by the forms themselves) whose meaning and purpose can seem amorphous and ever changing.
Julie Moon received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2010. She has exhibited extensively in Toronto since graduating from the Material Art and Design Program at the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2005. She has participated in numerous residencies and exhibitions within Canada and the United States. Recent exhibition venues include The Seattle Design Center, Pulse Art Fair with Narwhal Art Projects in Miami, the Katzman Kamen Gallery in Toronto, The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, and the Schein-Joseph Ceramic Art Museum in Alfred, New York. Recent residencies include The Anderson Ranch, Center for Ceramics in Berlin, and AIR Vallauris, France. Currently, Julie resides in Philadelphia, PA where she is a full-time resident artist at the esteemed Clay Studio.
I have just come across the ceramics of Julie Moon; the work is fresh, exuberant. I love its sense of invention. It is an adventure in color, a blend of surprising forms in space. It does what ceramics is best at; I don’t’ like “Art” because of its smartness or trendiness. It is a gut feeling for me. I like an artist who is onto something personal, inimitable. There is a sense with Moon’s work that there is more in reserve.
Jean-Pierre Larocque, nominator
Ceramic artist and Assistant Professor of Ceramics in the Faculty of Fine Arts,
Concordia University, Montreal
Jean-Pierre Larocque is Assistant Professor of Ceramics in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal. Larocque received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia (1986) and his Master’s in Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (1988). Prior to joining Concordia University, Jean-Pierre lived and worked in Montreal as a self-supporting artist for 10 years. From 1990 to 2000 he taught full-time at a number of institutions across North America including Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, the University of Athens in Georgia, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and California State University, Long Beach near Los Angeles. In 2004, Larocque was commissioned to create a large solo exhibition for the reopening of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in Toronto. Entitled Jean-Pierre Larocque: Clay Sculpture and Drawings, the exhibition, accompanied by a catalogue, opened in 2006. A film of the project was presented at the International Festival of Films on Art later that year.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Toni Hafkenscheid Photography