Happy New Year listeners. I hope everyone is having a nice winter so far. I hope you’re all staying warm, staying safe…
Today we’re getting even deeper into my series of StudioWorks artists with guest Julie Baldyga. I feel that most of Julie’s work centers around her interest in how things work—be it people or machines.
Julie’s body of work is mostly made up of oil pastel scenes of mechanics working on various machines. The figures in her pieces tend to be women engineers, scientists, and mechanics. She says her interest in machinery came from her father’s job working in a whiskey bottling plant, when she was a child.
Julie’s work also consist of many three dimensional pieces, like her life sized sculptures called ‘Heavenly People’. ‘Heavenly People’ are sculptures of friends, family, and celebrities as Julie imagines they will look in heaven. Many of the first sculptures came with skeletal systems, arteries, and organs that she made from various wire & found materials. Julie has made numerous sculptures like these (as seen above in the video courtesy of Tom Stagg via Youtube.)
To learn more about Julie, you can check out these links:
Of course, once you’re done with all that, listen to our chat below.