Julia Schmidt earned a BA from the School of Art in Glasgow and lives and works in Germany. She was awarded the Villa Romana Prize from the Deutsche Guggenheim in 2008. Her installations often have a fragmentary quality; she incorporates the labor-intensive techniques of Old Master paintings, but draws on references from consumer culture or popular culture, as in her oil painting Untitled (Crotch) (2007), a close-up of an ornate chair and someone’s crotch. As in Untitled (Shellac) (2007), her paintings may have familiar forms and motifs but no obvious narrative.
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