I find Julia’s drawings both difficult to look at, and difficult to look away from. They are all quite large. Two to three feet on a side.
“Julia Randall is in love with drawing, and uses her seductive technique to craft images that subtly challenge assumptions about corporeality, desire, and the natural world. Intersecting sensibilities activate her work; images are simultaneously erotic and humorous, beautiful and repulsive. Although she clearly operates in the realm of fantasy, Randall uses observation-based drawing and hyperrealistic technique to create images that are surreal and suggestive.”
“Lick Line, 2002-2004 Lick Line is a series of disembodied mouths floating in space. Rendered in exacting detail, the tongues protrude and beckon the viewer to come close. The mouth is the body’s critical site, where we eat, speak, kiss and bite; it is both ferocious and tender. We see the mouth and tongue all the time, yet they are highly intimate. Seen as a group the mouths undulate and bounce. Like many voices talking at once, they strangely invade our space with humor and perversity.”
“Blown, 2011-2012 Bubblegum initially connotes innocent, cheeky pleasure, yet the fragile skin of gum also points to the susceptibility of the body, and the dreaded passage of time. Bubble gum is an insignificant, disposable material, and the pleasure taken from its flavor is fleeting. The bubble is a vessel that holds our breath, for a brief moment, in a physical form. Seen as a group, the inflating/ deflating bubble imagery is a visual manifestation of breathing. They are decidedly anthropomorphic, and can appear abject, fragile, and as vulnerable as the human body.”