Julie Farstad

In my work, I seek to explore themes of childhood, specifically the psychological dramas of girlhood, femininity and feminism. My paintings focus primarily on the doll as subject, and I use children’s toys and landscape references to create images that are about identity development, rites of passage, and my own experiences of childhood and adolescence. My practice is labor intensive, not only in the course of painting, but also in that I sculpt many of my paintings’ subjects out of papier-mâché or play dough before photographing them, in order to create the source images for my paintings. This process serves to underline the theme of childhood within the work, while also presenting the idea of experience as being an event that is dynamically created through perception, memory and invention.