Morton Fine Art Presents Julia Mae Bancroft Mending Moments

By Editorial Team on December 4, 2017

Sat, 09 December 2017 - Thu, 04 January 2018

Julia Mae Bancroft, Mamie’s House, 2017, oil, gouache and collage with silk thread embroidery and pressed petals on iron grate, 12″x 11″. Courtesy of Morton Fine Art.
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 9 from 2pm to 6pm

About Mending Moments
Mending Moments is a title that describes both the literal process and the conceptual elements explored in the artwork I make. Using various fibers, mediums and textures, I stitch together layers of imagery, rearranging fragments and binding them back together to form a new ethereal moment for reflection. In this continued series I work to create intimate spaces where we can explore our own layers of memory, perspective, and phantasy.”
-Julia Mae Bancroft, 2017

In this series Bancroft intricately and thoughtfully applies layers of imagery onto paper using oil pastel, gouache, watercolor, various fibers and ink transfers. Many of the pieces also incorporate embroidery hand stitched directly into the altered surface, complementing the figurative drawings. The intentional absence of color allows the viewer to focus on the obscured perspectives and depth of texture throughout the narrative. A typical artwork in her series Mending Moments takes 40-60 hours to complete.

About Julia Mae Bancroft
Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Julia Mae Bancroft grew up deeply inspired by nature. In 2009 she moved to Washington DC where she attended The Corcoran College of Art + Design, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in 2013. Spending a semester abroad living in London England Bancroft first explored interests in fashion design at the Central Saint Martins College of Art + Design. It was here that she began consistently incorporating hand stitching into artwork, incredibly moved by the one-of-a-kind practice of couture embroidery. The discovery of this medium in combination with Bancroft’s background in darkroom photography and painting melded into her current mixed media practice.

Click here to view available artwork by Julia Mae Bancroft.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm
  • Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

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