Julia Gutman is a multidisciplinary artist living and working on unceded Gadigal Land.
Julia reuses found textiles to produce ‘patchworks’ that merge personal and collective histories with canonical paintings to explore themes of femininity, intimacy and memory. The work is made almost entirely out of clothing worn and donated by the artist’s friends and family; their personal traces imbued in each piece of textile becomes a significant thematic constituent. With each stitch, both nurture and rupture occur – the process is as tender as it is aggressive. Referencing painting in subject and display while innovating materially, Gutman’s work queries the boundaries between subject and object, compliance and deviance.
Julia holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Painting from UNSW Art and Design. She was a finalist in the 2021 Ramsay Prize at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the 2020 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship at Artspace Sydney. Julia’s practice has been profiled in the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Arts, Art Almanac, and Ocula. Her work has been exhibited across Australia and internationally with shows in Sydney, Adelaide, Rome and New York City.download pdf