Julie Potratz is a Chicago based artist whose practice is primarily focused upon performance, but also includes photography, video, sculpture, and installation. Her whimsical, introspective work addresses the complexities of human finitude, mortality, social isolation, and the confusing nature of navigating one’s own psyche. Recent exhibitions include Deitch Projects, New York, NY, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha NE, The Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO and the Looking Glass Theatre, Chicago, IL. Forthcoming solo and two person exhibitions include Cabin Exhibitions, Chicago, IL and ACRE, Chicago, IL. She received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2008, and will receive her MFA from the University of Illinois Chicago in 2014. This summer Julie was a resident at ACRE in Wisconsin. We will conduct a follow-up interview to talk about her practice, process and performance!
On her work: “My work is an examination of the self. I translate my perceptions and impressions into whimsical, introspective vignettes. Inventing surreal scenarios with props, sets, and hand-made costumes, I often stage guerilla-style performances in public spaces for unsuspecting bystanders. Themes that arise from these scenarios include the complexities of human finitude, mortality, social isolation, and the confusing nature of navigating one’s own psyche. I create personal work as a process of considering my own life, its meaning and context within the world as a whole, in hopes that my viewers will consider their own lives in the same way. The Socratic idea of self-development as a means to societal progression has had great resonance in my work, as it is my aim to engage people in joyfully considering the pathos of life.”