Skin, Line, Slight Sound
Julianne Swartz revels in the hidden places of human experience. Her recent works urge us to observe and feel the abiding mysteries of human perception and sensation. The artist has said, “I am interested in the intersection of the physical and non-physical, and making what is not physical somehow palpable.”
Her Sound Drawings are delicate inter-lacings of functioning electrical wire and speakers that create lyrical drawings. "Vertical Fall", a delicate structure of intertwining, gestural lines, emits subtle tones and atmospheric sounds. “Lace Skin #1,” an ingenious tapestry of live wires and speakers, carries four channels of sound - disparate voices, bits of song, expressed tenderness - throughout its tightly woven molecular structure.
In her Stretch Drawings, Swartz combines paper, rock, and wood, creating a form that defies gravity as taut paper holds the stone in suspension without the use of glue. The works within the series suggest the body, skin, containment and rupture.