(Washington, DC b. USA)
'In my latest body of work Through Glass Lace I continue to evolve the idea of piecing together a fragmented narrative by way of layering medium and texture. Imagining a glass lace screen through which we can blur the lines between strength and fragility, imagination and reality, macro and micro.
I chose to focus on creating emotion within the atmospheric spaces, allowing the reflective figures to float across the layers. In this series we are free to explore the boundlessness of intimacy and how our internal conversations parallel and reflect the spaces we trace.' -Julia Mae Bancroft, 2019
My process is meditative. In my day-to-day life I collect pieces of inspiration, from photography and fabrics to insects and plant life. I begin creating by observing these pieces of inspiration and meditating on their arrangement. Slowly a narrative begins to reveal itself. In a back-and-forth process of mark making, collaging, and layering this narrative, which began as a scattered observation, develops into its own moment. The careful repetitive nature of “mending” my materials by hand allows me to enter a very tranquil and introspective space throughout the creative process and always leaves me feeling intimately attached to the artwork I create. My intensive layering process produces developed artworks that take up to 40-60 hours to complete. - JULIA MAE BANCROFT, 2018
Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Julia Mae Bancroft grew up deeply inspired by nature. In 2009 she moved to Washington DC where she attended The Corcoran College of Art + Design, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in 2013. Spending a semester abroad living in London England Bancroft first explored interests in fashion design at the Central Saint Martins College of Art + Design. It was here that she began consistently incorporating hand stitching into artwork, incredibly moved by the one-of-a-kind practice of couture embroidery. The discovery of this medium in combination with Bancroft’s background in darkroom photography and painting melded into her current mixed media practice.