IN THE STUDIO: JULIA VON EICHEL

Julia von Eichel, Studio view, 2021

 

Brooklyn-based artist Julia von Eichel creates work that highlights the tension between chaos and control. While her process is highly focused from start to finish, the resulting works show a delicate interplay between the artist’s hand and the natural world.

 

Material view, Julia von Eichel, 2021

 

Julia’s sculptural works incorporate a vast range of materials including canvas, wiffle balls, string, and more. Using traditional canvas stretchers as a base, Julia pulls, balloons, retracts, and sews her materials into entirely new forms.

 

Material view, Julia von Eichel, 2021

 

Some of the finished sculptures present new landscapes that exist within the confines of the four walls of the canvas. Other works have eliminated the boundaries either in part, or entirely.

 

Julia von Eichel, Studio view, 2021

 

Julia’s process shows the combination of artistic intent and organic growth as she builds upon each material that is added to the form. The substructure of her works also demonstrates the immense time and effort that goes into each sculptural piece.

 

Julia von Eichel, Studio View, 2021

 

In her recent work, Julia has incorporated color to the surfaces of her canvas. These vibrant yellows, pinks, and oranges were Inspired by the natural hues she experienced in Upstate New York while quarantining.

 

Julia von Eichel, Yum, Yum, 2020, Ink on silk with acrylic vinyl, wood, plastic, 40 x 50 x 16 inches

 

Detail view, Yum, Yum, 2020

 

Color is explored even further and more purely in Julia’s works on paper. Julia considers her oil pastels on mylar to be sculptural as well as she feels the pastel in her hand “sculpting” through the surface of the mylar with each stroke.

 

Julia von Eichel, Studio view, 2021

 

Julia von Eichel, Long Wind, 2020, Oil pastel on mylar, 36 x 41 1/2 inches

 

Returning to Brooklyn from upstate, Julia maintained the inspiration from nature and applied it to her warped canvases. Her resulting body of work shows a range of emotions she experienced in 2020, as well as the dichotomy between nature and man-made.

 

Julia von Eichel, Studio View, 2021

 

Julia von Eichel, Oh Happy Day, 2020, Ink on silk, plastic, thread, wood, glue, 47 x 54 x 18 1/2 inches

 

You can see more work by Julia von Eichel HERE