I have long incorporated my life into my work, using biographical circumstances to shape the choice of medium, subject, and how it is presented. Whether repurposing clothing and selling it in a storefront, making a film, baking, or creating a social media plant exchange mother's group, my work is a natural outpouring of my existence.
The constraints of her autobiographical journey inform artist Julia Barbee’s subjects and material choices. She has worked with wearable sculpture, performance, film, food, social media, photography, retail space, and the written word. Currently, she is exploring play with her children--seeing the creation of a childhood for them as shaping her practice. During the 2020 Covid quarantine, she put together a homeschool preschool curriculum for them with her husband based on the alphabet. On occasion, she makes pavlovas for gatherings, often documenting the vanitas aftermath. With her husband and a friend, she co-founded and curated a five-year running art event called Spaceness. She has an MFA in fiber, and has been working in Portland, Oregon for almost two decades where she lives with her husband and two children.
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2011 Master of Fine Arts in Fiber, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach CA
2007 Associate of Applied Science in Marketing, Portland Community College, Portland, OR
2001 Bachelor of Science in Three-Dimensional Design, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
2021 Dough, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI
Abandoned: Images of What Remains, ARTSpace Gallery, Lake Oswego, OR
Maternochronics, online exhibit
Sou'wester Arts Week Residency, Seaview, WA
2020 Sou'wester Arts Week Residency, Seaview, WA
2019 Soft Surface Poetry, Winter issue. Lindsay Costello, editor.
Spaceness, Long Beach Peninsula, WA
2018 Spaceness, Long Beach Peninsula, WA
2017 (Three-person show) An Oracle My Mother Taught Me, La Mirada, CA
(Three-person show) Mother Naturalist, South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro, CA
2016 Sex Smells, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany
Annual September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
A Point of View: Contemporary Photography, Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Spaceness, Seaview, WA
2014 Snapshot Aesthetic, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
Notions of Beauty: Northwest Fashion Photography NOW, Steven Goldman Gallery, Portland, OR
2013 High Desert Test Sites 2013, Joshua Tree, CA
2011 Artscapes, Tacoma, WA
Art in Odd Places: Ritual, New York, NY
Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
(Solo Show) Par, Through, Fumm, Smoke, California State University, Long Beach, CA
2010 The Human Powered Show, Culver City, CA
(Solo Show) Alchemy, Merlino Gallery, California State University, Long Beach, CA
2007 Action/Reaction, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
2006 Little White Dress Show, Disjecta, Portland, OR
XOX, Weiden & Kennedy, Portland, OR
2001 Out of Context, performance with Kent Anderson Butler and Dan Callis, Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, San Bernadino, CA
2014 Notions of Beauty: Northwest Fashion Photography NOW. Willyum Beck.
2013 High Desert Test Sites 2013 catalog. intro by Andrea Zittel, and essays by James Trainor and Eden Solas.
ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials, Sass Brown. Laurence King Publishing.
CURATORIAL PROJECTS/ AWARDS/ SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS/ RESDIENCIES
2017 Precipice Grant Recipient for Spaceness, Precipice Fund, Calligram Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Portland, OR
2015 Spaceness. Co-Founder with Matthew Suplee and Alison Jean Cole
2007 People's Choice Award, Portland Mercury Fashion Show Winner, Portland, OR
2021 Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment (part of the HDTS Archive)