Julia Randall was born in New York City in 1968, and currently lives and works in both New York and Connecticut. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999. She received her M.F.A. from Rutgers University, and her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Julia Randall uses her seductive techniques to craft images that subtly challenge assumptions about corporeality, desire, and the natural world. Intersecting sensibilities activate her work; images are simultaneously erotic and humorous, beautiful and repulsive, micro and macro.
Her newest work interprets the emotion of longing as it relates to the passage of time. Randall is commenting on the pulse of life itself: the polar and cyclical quality of night and day, life and death, anticipation and loss. Her work acts as a locus, documenting the human desire to contain the uncontainable, count the uncountable, limit the illimitable (falling snowflakes, stars in the sky, dandelion seeds, prismatic reflections, flowers petals).
Using an array of materials and painstaking methods to create this new work (dandelion seeds, human hair, perforated black foil, projected video, as well as meticulously crafted drawings of decaying flowers and deflating bubbles), her work playfully engages the viewer's process of perception, especially as it relates to time, light, speed and scale.
Solo exhibitions include her recent survey show, Julia Randall: Oral Fixations, at Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University and Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College (full color catalog with essay by Barbara Pollock), Real Art Ways, Jeff Bailey Gallery, NYC; Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Walters Hall Gallery, Rutgers University. Group exhibitions include: Newspace Gallery, Manchester Community College; Harts Gallery, New Milford, CT; The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, Paul Loya Gallery, CA; Art On Paper Biennial, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; Wooster Art Space (curated by Joyce Kozloff), BravinLee Programs, NYC; Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA; Morgan Lehman Gallery, NYC.
Her work is in the permanent collection of the Weatherspoon Art Museum, The Arkansas Arts Center, Davison Arts Center, Wesleyan University, and numerous private collections.
She is the recipient of several fellowships and residency awards, such as Jentel Artist Residency (2015), New York Foundation for the Arts, Skowhegan, Yaddo, and multiple residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Art New England, NY ARTS, Art on Paper, Flash Art, The Sydney Morning Herald, New American Paintings, American Artist, Beautiful/Decay and many popular art blogs.