Monday, December 15, 2008
A Conversation with Julianna Swaney
Mittens © Julianna Swaney
Today I am delighted to present an interview with American artist Julianna Swaney. I don't remember exactly how I found out about Julianna's work, but I know I first saw her work somewhere on the net. I have been captivated by and following Julianna's work ever since. Julianna is incredibly productive and continuously surprises with new whimsical drawings and prints.
Reading Wolves © Julianna Swaney
Nina Corvallo: Tell us about yourself.
Julianna Swaney: Well, right now I'm 26 years old, I live in Portland Oregon in an apartment I share with my roommate Rebecca, also an artist. I went to art school in Maine and I'm originally from Michigan.
Foxhat © Julianna Swaney
NC: How did you discover art?
JS: I guess that would be hard to say, I feel like I've been drawing and making things my whole life. I had kind of hippy parents and I didn't go to real school until 9th grade so I was free to pursue whatever I wanted. I was obsessed with fairytales, animals and art, and I feel like making things was just a natural way to connect with and express that.
Tell Me Something About Oceans, Central Park March 6 1890 & Moths © Julianna Swaney
NC: Where do you find inspiration?
JS: From bits and pieces of all the things I'm interested in; animals, fairy tales, antique postcards, old folk songs, Victorian anything, science and other artists.
Mossy Bear © Julianna Swaney
NC: You are part of a generation of artists who are selling & getting the word out about their work traditionally and in new ways. Could you talk about that experience and also, what would be your dream venue for exhibiting your work?
JS: For me it's been wonderful, I honestly don't know where I would be without the internet to show my work. I'm quiet person and not so good about approaching people so it's wonderful that I can just put my work out there and make connections with people. I'm pretty traditional at far as showing my work, I like showing in galleries, but someday I'd love to do installation work. I only have vague ideas about that right now.
Beehive Bears © Julianna Swaney
NC: What's next?
JS: I'm really excited because I got into the 2009 Biennial at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. I went to school there so it feels good to be recognized like that and to know so many people I knew from Maine will be able to see what I'm up to now.
NC: Thank you so much!
To find out more about & see more of Julianna Swaney's work , please visit: www.ohmycavalier.com. The 2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial opens April 8, 2009 in Portland, Maine.