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Julia Oldham

Winter Workspace 2015 

Pictured above:
Still Bird, 2014
Still of video with animation
Courtesy of the artist


“Cast in the role of lover, wanderer and scientist,” Julia Oldham finds romance all around us. Through a unique mix of drawing, music and performance, she brings to life the characters which populate her mind, recalling the original sense of “animation” which means to bring to life. Sometimes, her love interest is a coyote, sometimes an insect, and sometimes a mathematical number. Her projects lean toward collaboration: in one quirky example, she works with scientists to reinterpret foundational physics as a set of love stories. In her Winter Workspace, she will be filming a video about encounters with her lover coyote in the woodland trails of Wave Hill.

Oldham keeps a packed exhibition schedule that takes her throughout the United States and Europe; she is based much of the year in Eugene, OR. She also frequently appears at the lecture podium or at panel discussions, especially where science and art intersect. Oldham holds an MFA from the University of Chicago and a BA in art history from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland. 

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.