Finger Holds

Posted on: April 4, 2021
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Baugh's 2019 work, Finger Holds, are made of rows of porcelain coils revealing compressed finger marks that mimic the puckers of a worn quilt. Bright colors of acrylic paints, glazes and nail polish marks nestle in the depressions and finger holds. Geometric, triangular shapes of the wall hangings contrast with the gentle lines on the surface of the work.

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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.