I am concerned with the nature of the body, and how it holds within it representations of love, duality, and mythology.
Metaphor is central to my language: how one thing can become other things, represent something more intimately, or perhaps carry within it multiple identities. In some works, exotic cats replace the body, with trophy hunting’s implications. In other works, snakes consume each other as a shorthand for lovers. Symmetry has become increasingly important; although rooted in the human body, symmetry extends to images of the natural world which bow together, and bend apart from each other, in addition to animal forms. I investigate these metaphors because I feel multitudes in myself. As a woman who practices Judo and Jiu Jitsu, I encounter behavioral expectations that I don’t feel are genuine. These experiences influence the gender presentation in my work, and fuel my desire to allow content to express heterogeneity.
I care for the core of Mythology though content, composition, and light. My works are questions towards interpersonal relationships, my character, and my relationship with nature.
Julia Gould was born in Baltimore County, Maryland, in 1999. She is currently living and working in Baltimore City, with a rigorous painting and printmaking practice to develop personal narrative. Her work discusses corporeal experiences, with the goal of investigating their metaphysical implications.
In Spring 2022, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She majored in painting, and minored in printmaking. Julia’s work has been exhibited and awarded by organizations such as the YoungArts Foundation in Miami, the Baltimore Museum of Art, T & Y Projects in Tokyo, and the National Society for Arts and Letters in Washington DC. In addition she has lectured in the Baltimore area along with exhibiting in solo and invitational, juried exhibitions.
Outside of school, Julia practices Judo and Jiu Jitsu, and has attained the rank of Ikkyu through Jason Morris Judo Center and blue belt through Zenyo Jiu Jitsu.