Julia Reyes


A person very close to me once described my work as little windows: a glimpse into the curiosities which occupy my brain. I believe this to be a good way to describe it. I am easily amused by the daily offerings of life, whether it is something grand or something seemingly mundane. For me, making art is about a constantly playful battle and attempting to gain a better understanding of these curiosities. I enjoy investigating how all things can be deconstructed into smaller systems, like a nesting doll. I find amusement in abstracting the familiar, playing on the context of everyday objects and exploring associations with color. This often leads to an aesthetic that can be both rooted in reality and sparks the subconscious. I feel most natural working in an intuitive manner, where I allow process and materials lead the work in the beginning. It has always been important to me that my work possesses the evidence of its evolution, creating a relationship between the content of my imagery and actual act of making it.


I have spent most of my life breathing in the salty air from the Gulf of Mexico and observing the horizon as a reminder of its boundless possibilities. If you were to ask the 8 year old version of myself what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have eagerly told you an Explorer. As an adult, I might have not found myself in a career as Jeff Corwin, the famous zoologist that I admired, but I have found myself to be relentlessly and passionately curious. The act of making has been my approach to gaining a better understanding of the world around me for as long as I can remember. After receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mississippi State University with a painting emphasis in 2010, I served as an educator for the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Witnessing the interactions of humans with art on a daily basis, started influencing my interests as an artist. I began exploring ways to create projects that connect community, facilitate creative bridges and promote dialogue. For about five years, I worked with various art organizations, and participated in a variety of public art projects on the Gulf Coast. In 2016, I helped start an art gallery & studio in the heart of downtown Biloxi. For 2 and half years, I dedicated my time there to creating a space on the coast that celebrated art as an experience. My mindset shifted to the transformation of spaces, sense of place, a sensory collision. I choose not to limit myself to a particular medium, but rather explore those which lend themselves to further express the content of my work at the time. I enjoy a variety of processes. This can vary from aggressive mark-making to a meditative form of repetition. As an artist, I’ve recognized the role as both a vessel and a vehicle: a container for perception and a being with the capabilities to shift those perceptions in various forms of expression. It is through this reflection of my own experiences that allow me to gain understanding of my journey, and hopefully create a connection with others who might encounter my work.