The work of Julia Paull traces an arc between achingly personal, diaristic gestures of abstraction to the meticulous documentation of some of our most contrived and/or tenuous relationships with animals and the natural world. Paull’s photographs are often about absence, and most recently have been investigating institutionalized animal breeding (either in the service of culture or the service of science.)
The tiny frogs in her photographs –little appreciated yet capable of triggering unknown, exponential effects in their extinction— functions like abstraction in her drawings, as a tool of democratization. Mating frogs is a preoccupation of Paull’s herpetologist collaborators, and the images articulate the intrinsic tension between their devotion and our disinterest. In this way, she examines the methodology of modern science, and by extension the isolation of modern life. In support of this work, Paull was a grant recipient of a University of Southern California Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences Grant.
Julia Paull is a native Southern Californian artist living and working in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Photography at the California Institute of the Arts in 1995. Since that time, the artist has been continuously producing and exhibiting prolific, concurrent bodies of work in ink-based abstract drawing and documentary-influenced photography.