Julia Westerbeke

"Gary Paul Nabhan writes about taking his children to the Grand Canyon, where he realized 'how much time adults spend scanning the landscape for picturesque panoramas and scenic overlooks. While the kids were on their hands and knees, engaged with what was immediately before them, we adults traveled by abstraction.' He adds that whenever they approached a promontory, his son and daughter would 'abruptly release their hands from mine, to scour the ground for bones, pine cones, sparkly sandstone, feathers, or wildflowers."

-Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

My work takes a page from the wondrous and quirky fascinations of childhood, generating worlds concerned with beauty, exploration and play. In drawings and drawing-based installations, I create new terrains that are by turns organic and curiously alien, quiet yet chock-a-block with information. Crystalline, decorative forms are in constant growth and constant accretion. It is an environment always thickening in a delicate flurry of fantastical life. The goal is intimacy, establishing a connection with the viewer through the mesmeric draw of detail and the strange twists of an eccentric, generative terrain.

Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost (London: Penguin Books, 2006) 39.


Shane Anderson
Seth Augustine
Robert Becraft
Susy Bielak
Rich Bott
Crystal Z Campbell
Ted Chung
Leigh Cole
Matthew Coors
Cathy de la Cruz
Monica Duncan
James Enos
Deanna Erdmann
Kael Greco
Chris Head
Nico Herbst
Kate Hoffman
Scott Horsley
Sara Hunsucker
Glenna Jennings
Merve Kayan
Lasse Lorentzen
Vince Manganello
Esteban Martinez

Dolissa Medina
Gretchen Mercedes
Charles G Miller
Jesse Mockrin
Zac Monday
Elyse T Montague
Adam Moyer
Owen Mundy
Boredom Patrol
Clare Parry
Kelly Pendergrast
Omar Pimienta
Iana Quesnell
Louis Schmidt
Tim Schwartz
Sharing is Sexy
Katherine Sweetman
Rachel Thompson
Nina Waisman
Kate Wall
Julia Westerbeke
Yvonne Venegas
Claire Zitzow
Felipe Zuniga