The paintings and drawings of artist Julia Schwadron are currently featured in an exhibit at Farnham Galleries.
Schwadron has shown her work in and around New York City, Los Angeles and Iowa. She recently was a visiting assistant professor of painting at the University of Iowa, and currently is a visiting lecturer in painting at Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
She was raised in Los Angeles and attended the University of California at San Diego. She moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1998.
“I find the idea of ‘painting as a window to the world’ a useful starting point for the possibility that the subject of a painting can portray itself, and simultaneously conjure up far more complex relationships,” she said.
In a series of recent paintings, Schwadron said she uses still life and landscape images to explore “material possibilities through which the image can arise. I begin with a single image and then cover it up or erase it, only to dig it out again. I repeat this process through layering over, wiping out and sanding back. Ultimately the image I am looking for asserts itself through this process of manipulation and excavation.”
The exhibit continues through Feb. 17. An artist reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 16.
Farnham Galleries are located on the Simpson College campus, third floor of Mary Berry Hall on C Street. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday. Weekend hours can be arranged by request.