Julia Meyerowitz-Katz expertly portrays the emotional mind and its many layers with every molding, crevice, crack, and gesture she forges. The South African-born Australian artist also works as a Jungian psychoanalyst and art psychotherapist; roles that exquisitely harmonize when together employed to craft her senseful creations. Meyerowitz-Katz’ method is hands-on and aims in achieving non-verbal communication and stimulating encounters. With clay, it’s a conversation: as the artist shapes, the clay obliges and permanently memorizes their rendezvous. On two-dimensional surfaces, she gathers cold wax in hand, placing it where her instincts desire. Dashes and mixtures of oil sticks, paints, graphite dust and more are added until energy has been thoroughly expressed to and from the canvas. Every work is a telling of impulse, emotion, and personal or collective experience, which Meyerowitz-Katz especially connects to because of her mental health experience. “I am working at depth with people, who like me, have their own stories and are being affected by massive global uncertainties and challenges,” she says. “All my work in one way or another, is an expression of my embodied unconscious responses to the vagaries of the uncertainty, trauma and loss which we all share.”
Meyerowitz-Katz lives, creates, and practices in Sydney, Australia. She is a certified Jungian analyst, has a Master’s and Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy and a BA in Fine Arts with Honors. If elements of her work were to be compared to any of the greats, resonant comparisons would be the color of Chagall and the spirit of de Kooning.JULIA MEYEROWITZ-KATZ ON
Bearing Witness: I Walk With You, 2022 Graphite, cold wax, oil stick, oil paint on linen 51.5” x 35.5” $3500
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My drawings and paintings represent the shared unconscious dreaming and corresponding transformations in energy, emotion, and thought that are a profound and essential part of bearing witness. ‘Bearing witness’ is an ordinary and ongoing human process. We all do it. We bear witness to our own lives; we bear witness to the lives of others; we need others to bear witness to our lives. Currently we are all bearing witness to a complex, multi-faceted and shifting global crisis. My expressionist painting begins as a spontaneous gesture. I manipulate materials with my hands directly on paper or canvas, giving visual form to how my body remembers experiences that my conscious mind can’t access. The act of making becomes a re-membering and re-cycling of emotional and psychological experience through the transformation of energy. As the work progresses, perspectives change and unexpected new layers of meaning emerge. That which is internal and invisible becomes visible and known. There is tension between what lies underneath, barely visible and only hinted at, and what moves clearly visible across and through the upper layers. Through the process of becoming, while difficult and troubling topics have to be navigated, joy and optimism can emerge.
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