Julie Wolfe’s installations address “the means by which we communicate” and the ways meaning is composed. A blend of photographs, drawings, assemblages, abstract paintings, and wall installations balance realism and abstraction, the manmade and the natural, suggesting “the patterns that govern our interdependence” and the complex systems that compose the natural and human worlds. A series of photographs features mountain peaks, some oriented upside down, that have been abstracted by areas of flat gouache. Layered collages consist of text, abstract geometric shapes, and images of natural and human forms. Brightly-colored wall structures composed of smaller square units with riveted edges are pieced together in varied formations and consist of found book covers and objects, liquid samples, ink, and steel. Composed of myriad data, Wolfe’s works urge viewers to “trace their own associations and interpretations” and try to “see how we fit into a larger universal system housed by nature.”
Wolfe is a Washington, D.C.-based visual and conceptual artist whose works have been widely exhibited and collected nationally and abroad. Her work has been reviewed in BBC World News America, The Washington Post, and ARTnews. Her most recent solo exhibition was at the American University Museum in 2017.