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 fine artist and fellow in the 2017 Clark Hulings Fund Business Accelerator Program, received her BFA from the Academy of Art University San Francisco. A controversial pioneer of the Art Journaling movement, Coles developed “Visual Journaling,” an active meditation technique and spiritual practice that accesses archetypal signs and symbols from the unconscious for transformation and healing. What began as a personal creative inquiry into developing new pathways in the brain after her epileptic seizures, this process, taught by Coles internationally and online, is now used by art therapists, teachers, artists and professionals around the world. Her inspiring Visual Journals have been featured in over 30 books including “Making Journals By Hand,” and as part of the “1000 Journals Project" her work was exhibited at the SFMOMA. In 2014 Coles published her first book, “Ghost Pirate,” illuminating grief and loss. The artist creates from her enchanted studio in Albuquerque, NM where a 2016 artist residency in Morocco greatly influenced a new body of mixed media paintings and drawings. A recent 2017 artist residency at Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA encouraged Coles to manifest a new direction for the work begun in Morocco by incorporating experimental print making methods. The result will be a monumental installation of 20 4' x 8' panels. To help fund this new project, please contact the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org