Canadian artist Julia Dault was on residency with Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio in June and July 2014.
Dault produces abstract paintings and sculptures. Often her layered paintings use unusual textiles such as vinyl, costume pleather, printed silk, spandex and sequined velveteen as substrates and sources of colour. Using non-traditional tools she has either bought or made herself in the studio, she removes portions of the topmost layer of paint to reveal the colour, texture and patterns of the fabrics and paint beneath. Her mark-making is rendered visible and through careful repetition Dault harnesses this process to create work with an underlying structure that is simultaneously evident and elusive. She said recently that ‘Every painting I make involves a tool and a gesture of removal’. As in printmaking, the tools allow the artist to work in a way that she has described as ‘pressure-sensitive’, and to reveal the force and labour involved in the final piece.
Dault also employs relatively unusual materials and vivid colours in her sculptures. Large sheets of Plexiglas and Formica, for example, are bent by the artist into position in the gallery and held in their final form with straps. In both her paintings and sculptures, Dault reveals the physical process of making the work.
Julia Dault (born Toronto, Canada, 1977) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her first degree, in art history, from McGill University, Montreal, in 2001 and her MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, New York, in 2008.