Julia Edelmann is an aspiring art educator and artist from Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Art Education and a B.F.A. with a concentration in drawing and painting at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. As an intern at the Palmer Art Museum, Julia has found a passion for museum education, and has helped develop and execute several community events at the Palmer, as well as contributing to the Palmer's recent virtual database with art-making videos and lessons inspired by the Palmer's permanent collection. Julia holds leadership positions in the Penn State chapter of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association first as treasurer, and then president, as well as serving as the treasurer of the Penn State Painting Club.
In my artistic practice, I have always aimed to depict fragments of time; a moment in my day or week that stood out to me. I moved into abstract work, thinking about color, shape, line, and movement within my pieces. I wanted to abstract these moments in my life, and rearrange my thoughts and feelings about them on the canvas. In a recent shift back to representational painting, I have brought abstraction into life. I have taken what I learned by experimenting freely with these large scale abstract works, and honed in on pattern, texture, and abstraction of space - warping scale and perspective. Pulling inspiration from around me, creating patterns, and laying down thick acrylic paint is what defines my current practice.