Fascinated by glacial geology, ancient megaliths, and by sites in Ireland, Turkey, and China, Julie Speidel’s large and small-scale works appear timeless and at times, exotic. While her glacial rocks pay homage to Pacific Northwest geological forces, her totemic sculptures carry an air of mystery and spiritualism. Whether installed alone or in groups of two or more, her work has a formidable presence that alters the environment in which it is presented. Julie Speidel’s sculptures are included in many prestigious private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Tacoma Art Museum, 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