Julie Crane ’86
My work primarily deals with the microscopic or unseen elements in our midst and how we are impacted by these influencers.These ideas are often explored through printmaking, painting, or sculpture and typically involves an animal as host. On a relatively recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico I was invited to participate in a show that showcased the work of Judy Chicago. The exhibit was titled: Burned—Women and Fire. The piece that came about as a result of this request is called “Twill”. Bringing together carbon fiber, spinnaker sail cloth, reindeer tufting, and porcelain to express a raptor rising from the ashes with a lion who’s got her back. And yes, the hair is from my own head—a pony tail saved from years back. The show opened at the beginning of the pandemic when the gallery was not able to have the doors open. She recently returned to Maine. Currently I am working in collaboration with the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences on a large scale sculpture of a coccolithophore which is only viewable through the assist of a scanning electron microscope.