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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.