In recent years Speidel has looked for a new manner of expression with a similar permanence. Thirty years ago she discovered Japanese Torinoko paper, considered the most permanent paper in the world. For years she has been intimidated by the strength of the paper and the challenge of a new medium. While stone holds strength and weight, paper is light and delicate, yet unforgiving. After carefully planning her compositions, Speidel has translated her totemic bronze and marble sculptures onto paper effortlessly.
Speidel’s sculptures are included in many prestigious private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Tacoma Art Museum, Amazon Art Collection, three United States Embassies, the Oracle Collection, the Boeing Collection and the Nordstrom Collection.
About Julie Speidel
Claiming that “the inspiration for [her] work is rooted in the power of travel,” Julie Speidel makes sculptures marked by references to the human body, nature, and an array of historical forms. Citing prehistoric and early Chinese Buddhist works, Pacific Northwest Native American carvings, and modern sculpture as some of her many influences, she blends representation and abstraction in her sculptures and installations. She works in bronze, marble, glass, and stone, crafting forms guided by geometry and also by human heads, limbs, and torsos and such natural features as trees and boulders. For a site-specific installation on Bainbridge Island, for example, she began by researching its geological formation. Taken with the glacial rocks still dotting its landscape, Speidel fabricated her own series of rocks in response, placing them about the island as though they were deposited by nature.
American, b. 1941, Seattle, Washington