Tsunami Hairball

Posted on: April 4, 2021
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Morbid curiosity attracts and repels the viewer in gentle pulses of color and texture with Tsunami Hairball. This fake being resembles a vaguely organ-shaped, decomposing form made of carpet padding, fishing line, crinkled black paper, recycled pieces of past art works and lustered ceramic pieces. Decay is hinted at through a dark rainbow spray of acrylic paint sieving through the padded surface of the rock-pod. Pinks, magentas and mint greens emerge out of browns to tuck around a resin representation of serous fluid leaking out of a bulging wound.

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Julia Baugh

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MFA Student

Major: Sculpture

Graduation Year: 2021

Artist Statement:

The cycle of decay is a complex operation that allows the sharing of atoms between all living things in a closed system. Julia Baugh's current work explores the wonder and beauty found in this recycling process. Representations of the decomposition cycle emerge as indescribable organ-like masses and skeletal framed structures. Bacterial craters, patterned mold growth, and putrescent marbling are abstracted into vivid colors, fuzzy textures, and wandering ornamentation on the fake beings. These fictitious and decaying organisms are adorned with a myriad of mediums like dark-rainbow hued fabrics, lustered ceramic baubles, and sparkling plastic jewels. The material and visual elements embellished on Baugh’s sculptural work give the viewer a place to pause and linger on the subject of decay.