Julia Gould’s paintings are enactments of her personal mythologies; in which there is a crucial emphasis on narrative, metaphor, and imagery. Julia’s figures and spaces ask questions regarding interpersonal relationships, personal ethics, and desire.
Working in communication with the history of painting, Julia’s work reinterprets the role of the female character as well the female artist’s gaze. Her paintings aim to communicate with traditions and innovations of the medium. The paintings are informed on a technical level by modernist ideas and media specificity. This can be seen in how her paintings contain both areas of visual depth, and a flatness where the paint rises to the surface of the canvas. The techniques of application vary from alla prima, monotype, to glazing. The references to art history also appear in content and image language. Through gestures and symbolism, Julia’s work thinks through mythology and the female body.
Julia Gould was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, where she developed broad interests in art, athletics, and academics. Julia’s artistic development was nurtured by her family, in the Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS), and especially by the outstanding teachers, curriculum, and facilities of George Washington Carver School for the Arts and Technology in Towson, MD.
Julia is continuing her education at the Maryland Institute College of Art, with an emphasis on painting, drawing, and ceramics. Outside of school, Julia practices judo and Jiu Jitsu, and has attained the rank of brown belt through Jason Morris Judo Center.