Julia Ousley: About

I identify myself as an architect and sculptor, and I hold master degrees
in both disciplines. My influences run from Michelangelo, Frank Lloyd
Wright, Tony Smith and Frank Gehry to Sol Lewit, Maya Lin, Eva Hess,
Antony Gormley, Kiki Smith and Petah Coyne. There are other, both
conscious and subconscious to whom I owe my inspirations.

Although I still involve myself in architectural projects from time to time
and occasionally I use methods and materials of traditional sculpture,
my primary work is in contemporary installation using materials
unconventional to sculpture but common to architectural construction.
I believe in venturing in new directions and have a favorite quote
from Frank Gehry which succinctly expresses the importance of
that progression:

As people, we should put our best efforts forward and put positive things
on the table for the rest of the world. The idea of copying the past has
always been an anathema to me. How can you face your children if you
tell them, "I don't have any new ideas." So, I've always strived to live
within the time, find something new. There is a general tendency in the
world to look for new ideas. And art is part of that search.

I hear people say that they don't understand contemporary art. To me,
those words explain it well. All that is necessary to know is that it is
trying on new ideas, moving forward, learning from the past and
bringing it along but refusing to remain stuck there.

-Julia Ousley

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