Julia Wynn Safer
About Julia Wynn Safer
My art is a response to my daily experiences as a woman in late Twentieth/early Twenty-first century America. I have always contemplated the roles and behavioral expectations of the woman in American culture with confusion. Is she the housewife and homemaker; the quiet and submissive wallflower or the obnoxious and pushy bitch - or, all of the above? Within each of these conventionalized ideas, the woman is always an object. Her value is customarily based upon her sexual availability or non-availability. Negotiating among such realities has usually meant biting my tongue. Ultimately, I have found humor in such ridiculous female stereotypes. I comment on this amusement in my works by depicting fantasy ideals. Recently, I have stepped into my art, creating self-portraits that are thus increasingly more personal. I juxtapose myself to people, objects and animals that relate to women. In so doing, my paintings have become less of an obsessive commentary on the fantasy-woman ideal and more an interpretation of my response to such unrealistic ideals, as well as to the many other fears and expectations that come with being a woman.
EducationM.F.A., Painting - Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia B.A., Liberal Arts - Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia B.F.A., Photography & Painting - The Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GeorgiaSolo and Group Exhibitions2006Icarus, The Savannah Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia2005 Whatever Your Art Desires, Silent Auction, The Community Center of Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina 1999Panties and Pumps, Rapid Transit Gallery, Savannah, Georgia1998Jewels of the South, Sarah Bain Gallery, Fullerton, California 1998Valdosta Works on Paper Exhibition, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia 1998Big Picture, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia1996Clay Along the 33rd Parallel, The 5th Annual Ceramics Exhibition, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas 1996Fourth Annual Peach Belt Art Exhibition, Milledgeville, Georgia 1996Fine Arts Lobby, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Georgia 1992, 1995, 1996Fine Arts Gallery, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Georgia 1992 Lane Library, Savannah, Georgia 1989 Lowery Hall, Atlanta, Georgia 1988 Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia,