Julia A. Crucil

My art is primarily concerned with taking my daily ruminations and transforming that creative tension into a manageable form of expression. The practice of using daily experiences as fodder for art has been the one consistent part of my creative process and the best way I've found to get along with myself.

Words and literature have always sparked my imagination. Yet, language cannot always express the most important ideas in the most powerful way. I love words; I am forever fascinated by how imagery and symbolism, metaphor and vocabulary can evoke such powerful reactions. But words often fail me. I notice the negative space in words. So turning towards imagery in a visual culture seemed like a natural process.

For the series of monoprints entitled "The Young Princes"  I've used advertising imagery of the 1950s to comment on themes of family, consumption, everyday actions, and the legacy of an era that continues to define our contemporary culture. The children of the 1950s saw one of the largest cultural changes in North American culture of any other period- from civil rights and women's liberation to post-war politics, and rapid changes in technology. 

But the promises of 1950s advertising didn't live up to the dream of the future.  Instead of silver space suits or hover-cars, we have Viagra and iPods.  This project investigates the cultural connections between 1950s and our own world, using children as the star.  As I've explored the topic, it has mutated into an examination of the nuclear family, the pharmaceutical industry, and the values we pass on to our children.

I've maintained a very eclectic approach to art, exploring various media and experimenting with techniques.  Print making is my first love, especially screen printing and woodblocks.

2010    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Emily Carr University
2008 Fine Arts Diploma, North Island College, Courtenay, B.C.
2001 HTML programming and Advanced Web Design, Malaspina College, Powell River, B.C.
1992 Bachelor of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.
1991 Bachelor of Arts (English and History), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.

Group Exhibitions
2010    Emergence 2010: Mixed Metaphors, Elliot Louis Gallery, annual emerging artists show, Vancouver, BC
2010 Undone, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Emily Carr University graduation show, Courtenay, BC
2009 On Second Thought, Muir Gallery, Courtenay, BC
2009 Human Body-Dependence on the Physical, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, B.C.
2009 Neighbourhood, Muir Gallery,  Courtenay, B.C.
2009 Black Fin, I Love Art, Comox Valley Citizens for Better Education Society Art Auction and Fundraiser, Comox, B.C.
2008 North Island College Grad Show, Muir Gallery, Courtenay, B.C.
2008 Art Event, North Island College,  Courtenay, B.C.
2007 Art Event, North Island College, Courtenay, B.C.

Sept-Oct 2009    “On Second Thought…” Preview Gallery Guide, Fall 2009, page 22.
October 2009     On Second Thought, Muir Gallery, Courtenay, B.C., http://www.comoxvalleyarts.org/news.php?xnews-catlist=5
April 2009        Dependence on the Physical, Comox Valley Art Gallery,  
February 2009  I [heart] art, The Comox Valley Citizens for Better Education Society final fundraising event, http://www.harbourliving.ca/event/i-heart-art/
2009-present   The List- Cultural / Critical Discussion for Artists, Blog maintained by Joyce Lindemulder and Julia Crucil, http://artiststalk.wordpress.com/the-list/
Spring 2007    Crucil, Julia, Harper Lee’s Booklet, Somerset Studio Magazine, Spring 2007, pages 68-69.
Spring 2007    Dean’s Honor Roll, North Island College
Spring 2007    North Island College Foundation Scholarship
Spring 2007    Stan Price Scholarship, North Island College
Spring 2008    Dean’s Honor Roll, North Island College
Visiting Artist Lectures
2010    The Map as Art, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Art Talks, http://www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com/workshops.html#mar17
2009 The Map as Art, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Art Talks, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169439726176
2009 UBC, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, Guest Lecturer: The Geography of Art, Social Studies
                 Education 441,(Geographic Methods for Social Studies Education), Vancouver, B.C.