Morton Fine Art Presents Julia Mae Bancroft Through Glass Lace

By Editorial Team on April 23, 2019

Sat, 27 April 2019 - Wed, 22 May 2019

Julia Mae Bancroft, Clover and Lace, 2018, 22″x 17″, ink, gouache, pencil and oil pastel on paper. Courtesy of Morton Fine Art.
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 27 from 2pm to 6pm

In my latest body of work Through Glass Lace I continue to evolve the idea of piecing together a fragmented narrative by way of layering medium and texture.  Imagining a glass lace screen through which we can blur the lines between  strength and fragility, imagination and reality, macro and micro.

I chose to focus on creating emotion within the atmospheric spaces, allowing the reflective figures to float across the layers.  In this series we are free to explore the boundlessness of intimacy and how our internal conversations parallel and reflect the spaces we trace. -JULIA MAE BANCROFT, 2019

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. Bancroft’s unique and intensive layering process produces developed artworks that take up to 40-60 hours to complete.

Available artwork by JULIA MAE BANCROFT

Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Moutains, 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.

This marks her second solo exhibition at Morton Fine Art.

Gallery hours:

  • Wednesday – Saturday: 12-5pm
  • Sunday – Tuesday by appointment
Morton Fine Art is located at 52 O St NW #302.