Piece description from the artist
Please mute your hoots around this peaceful barred owl. It snores with a Philly accent.
The natural patterns found in the barred owl's feathers fascinate me. Their gorgeous feathers and their unusual qualities make them fantastic subjects for linocut printmaking.
My reaction would be very different, but for this barred owl, being perched on a tree branch in the middle of a snow storm in the forest doesn't rattle him.
This feathered Zen master's approach to life caught my eye, and I really liked combining the graphic owl image with the colors, highways, roads, cities, and boundaries in this upcycled map of Philadelphia.
Some elements of the map showed through, while others were obscured by the owl, adding to the mystery and excitement of the piece as you take a closer look. Enjoy!
Julia Forsyth was born in Oklahoma, raised in Louisiana, and received her painting degree from Baylor University in Texas.
For the past year, her work has focused on linocut printing. By carefully overlaying the black ink of a linocut print onto the colorful maps, Julia creates associations between specific regions, places, and memories and the printed subject matter. Her work often incorporates natural imagery with bold, colorful textiles and patterns.
When she is not amassing a sizable mound of carved-out linoleum shavings as part of the linocut-making process, Julia spends time with her husband and her two children.