Julie Marie Ables grew up in San Francisco kissing banana slugs & running wild in the redwoods. In 2012 Julie earned her BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Printmaking, Paper, and Book Arts from Memphis College of Art in Tennessee. In 2016, she earned both a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work has been exhibited in galleries both near & far, including shows at North/South Gallery in Oakland, CA, Marshal Arts in Memphis, TN, The Overture Center in Madison, WI, and the SRISA Gallery of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy. Julie now lives in Boston where she works at the Studio Manager for the Print, Paper, & Graphic Arts Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. She has three food named pets & a growing army of house plants.
Julie's work explores the common language of anxiety through the use of form and process. Using the mediums of bookmaking, letterpress, papermaking, and ceramics, allows for the translation the elements of often-ignored mental health disorders into a common lexicon. Each of the processes demands an incredible amount of time, effort, repetition, and attention that is all at once both overwhelming and exceptionally deliberate. By tapping into her own experiences with mental health issues, she seeks to create a visual narrative through which one can better understand an array of widespread neurological related issues through alluring yet unnerving forms.