Julia Shepley’s exhibition of new work, features dimensional prints, cast paper reliefs and bamboo structures that are stitched,
layered and collaged. Strata, highlights her trademark process: the stratification of material,
imagery and mark-making to give the illusion of depth and transience. Referencing architectural
structures, natural environments, and paths of motion, Shepley’s work conveys the lasting physical and
emotional imprint of spaces left behind on our movements, habits and longings.
Striking A Light Courthouse Stone is one of a series of collaged cast paper and fabric pieces inspired by
Shepley’s sometime collaborator, poet Audrey Henderson. Henderson shared an image of the
Courthouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, its stone façade engraved with layer upon layer of black match
strikes. For Shepley, this carbon residue of “lighting a smoke,” left by hundreds of individuals over
decades, was evocative of all the lives currently hanging in the balance of the justice system. The black
marks, etched on stone and translated into Shepley’s work are random; yet through repetition and
time coalesce into a seemingly choreographed drawing. All the works in Strata reflect a similar
choreography of layered marks, material and imagery, as if mapping archeological remains of passage.
Preview and Artist’s Talk: Wednesday, May 8, 6-7:30 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 3-6 pm
First Friday Reception: June 7, 6-9 pm