I am a bold innovator and aesthetic narrator. I create mixed media paintings, figure drawings on paper, and artist books that combine words with visual metaphor. My projects are never preconceived but spontaneously emerge from the unknown through a unique layering process of breaking down, dismantling and rebuilding. My work is emotionally uninhibited and challenges societal comfort zones with gutsy graphic imagery layered with provocative text. As an epileptic, I graft my reality by the fragments I piece together in my work. The result is a cognitive vibrancy that is signature to my self-expression.
BIO: Juliana Coles, award winning Albuquerque artist, received her BFA from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Her work has been shown internationally including multiple museums. Coles has developed and teaches “Expressive Visual Journaling,” an active meditation technique which accesses archetypal signs and symbols from the unconscious for transformation and healing. This process is now used by therapists, teachers, and professionals around the world. Her works have been featured in over 30 books and in 2014 Coles self-published “Ghost Pirate; the Legend of Juana La Loca,” illuminating grief and loss. Coles attended a 2016 artist residency in Morocco and in 2017 was accepted into Otis’ Inaugural Residency program. Coles is a 2017 and 2018 Clark Hulings Foundation Fellow. In 2018 Coles presented her artworks at the StARTup Fair LA where she was listed by Dale Youngman in Cartwheel Art online magazine as one of the top ten artists. Currently the artist is at work on a traveling exhibition that combines historical research with viscerally challenging mixed media portraits to present “Pirate Queens; Piracy is a Feminist Act.”
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