APRIL 2023 - Habitats , an artist book, ready to pre-order!
Hello my fellow terrestrials! I'm here sharing awesome news:
am currently working with Cereal Box Studio in the creation of my first artist book. This work will be a collection of selected poems I wrote between 2020 and 2023. The book will feature some new art pieces I am currently working on as well.
This project is the result of a long time invested in exploration of the self. As part of this process, within a few years I changed my place of residence, my art practice and my lifestyle, to accommodate room for growth and nourishment. It was important to me to live fully aligned with my values of Intention, Gratitude, Integrity, Service, Freedom, and Presence. It was a challenging process at times, and looking back I am grateful for all of it.
Learning to listen to Nature drove me to start painting again, and inspired a kind of writing that happens in the intersection of my self and the Land. This book documents those encounters, where grief and sadness are met with love and hope, under the canopy of – and supported by - Mother Earth.
I read somewhere that the purpose of a gift is to share it; I hope you are willing to receive mine.
Lastly, the book comes alive partly to support the expenses connected with my O1B visa renewal application. This is a particularly expensive process which I am currently covering for myself. This is a perfect opportunity to acquire a special work of love and art while contributing to a noble cause.
The book is $50. The first 50 books go to cover the cost of production. At this time, we have opened preordering here.
Books will be ready by early September 2023.
The first 100 books preordered come with one mixed media screenprint from a limited edition I’m making solely for this purpose.
I hope I can count on your support. Thank you for becoming one of my art collectors!
DECEMBER 2022: SELECTED as one of ArtsWave FY2023 Black and Brown Artists grant program recipient.
My project "Walking the Winter" was selected from a competitive group of applications in December 2022. Walking the Winter is a series of free, open to all series of meetings in Clifton area - Burnet Woods. They were created with the intention of providing for a space where we could create community and find comfort, healing and friendship during the cold months of winter. The project took place between January 2023 and April 2023, bringing together more than 150 people and 8 different facilitators, including artists, birders, nature experts, poets and writers.
Inspired by these encounters, I am creating an installation that will be part of a showcase at the Freedom Center in mid July.
Thank you for this opportunity to give, share and nourish each other!
JULY 2022: SELECTED as Fellow by the Niehoff Center for Film and Media Studies - University of Cincinnati.
My project "Ecotonal" has been awarded funding as part of the long-year thematic on Borders, Boundaries and Limits in (and of) Screen Media.
I will be working alongside documentary filmmaker and dear friend Brett Meyer, in the creation of 4 video performance pieces that will take place in natural sites within Ohio. These sites are being carefully picked by me according to their ecological, historical and cultural relevance.
These pieces will be presented at the end of AY23 - Stay tuned!
MAY-JUNE 2022: SELECTED as Artist in Residence at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory AIR program
I am in Iowa, everyone! I got the super good news at the beginning of March that I had been selected to be part of the first cohort of artists in residence for the 2022 season at Iowa Lakeside Lab; it just took me a bit longer to get all caught up with life before making the announcement.
A bit about the space:
Lakeside's 147-acre campus is located on scenic West Okoboji Lake, on Little Millers Bay. The bay and adjacent natural areas are used as outdoor classrooms for Lakeside's university courses and Outreach Programs. The campus is open year round, and visitors are welcome to visit during daylight hours. Lakeside Lab aims to be a national model for immersive, field-based research, and education.
Excited to be here!
SUMMER 2021: SELECTED AS Abakanowicz Creative Community Fellow AT MILDRED'S LANE
This summer, I got to spend 3 weeks at Mildred's Lane, as a ACC Fellow. I was part of the program FOREST/BODY/CHAIR, lead by artists Gina Siepel and Sara Smith. This has been an invaluable experience for me that directly impacted my art practice, and I am grateful for it.
For more information about Mildred's Lane go to http://www.mildredslane.com
For more information about Gina Siepel go to https://www.ginasiepel.com
SPRING 2021: SELECTED FOR DEEP ECOLOGY ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM AT UPS
I got to know the work of Ohio-based organization United Plants Savers through an online course on Foraging given by The Herbal Academy, early in June this year. I've been in conversation with them since, and we finalized the dates of my participation in their Artist-In-Residence program this week! Very excited to visit their sanctuary and make work there next year. If you would like to learn more about their work, visit their website.
FEBRUARY 26TH TO MARCH 1ST, 2020
My performance "Victory" will be part of The Performance Arcade 2020. This international performance art festival takes place in Wellington,Nez Zealand. I will perform during the opening night, the piece will be performed by other artists the following days. Very excited and grateful for this opportunity! Learn about the piece I will be performing in this festival here.
JANUARY 25TH, 2020
I will be performing live at Highways Performance Space on Saturday, January 25th. The piece is called "Veiled" and is inspired by the mysterious busts of veiled virgins that populate Western Art History. Thinking around ideas of womanhood, sacredness, authorship and his-story, I plan on questioning-revolting-revealing and liberating this archetype. Do join me! Tickets here.
One of my doormats from the series "Bienvenidos" made it to the group show "Some Place Like home", at Avenue 50 Studio. Exciting!
JUNE 1ST, 2019
My video essay TMR-YTD (an essay about traveling) will be featured in the first edition of TONAL - Arte Contemporáneo, in Puerto Vallarta, JAL, Mexico. If you are around, please join me Saturday, June 1st, for the opening and reception. There are rumors of a live performance by yours truly as well, more coming soon!
MAY 10-19TH, 2019
Recently, I’ve been accepted in ZERO GRAVITY INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WORKSHOP, as part of its International Performance art Festival. This will take place May 10th – May 19th, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. More information about this Workshop and Festival can be found here . Participants in the workshop will perform in the opening night of the Festival, in May 16th.
I am asking for your support to cover all expenses generated from this experience. Every donation to this cause will be rewarded with a LIMITED EDITION object that I will deliver between August 2019 and January 2020. I will try to honor your support with an item that reflects your contribution. This way, you are not only helping me in my education and career, but you will be acquiring an art piece.
It takes a village. I hope you’ll be part of mine .
Click on THIS LINK to make a contribution.
All the love and gratitude,
Julia O. Bianco