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Sacred Relic Studio

Assemblage Art by Julie DeRosa

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About Julie

 

Julie DeRosa (Sacred Relic Studio) is a self taught assemblage artist from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In her work, she addresses issues of transformation and reinvention. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in her work; they are assembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning. The artist also routinely creates and adds resin castings to her work, which she created through a process of mold making with silicone rubber.

These assemblages are metaphors for rebirth, hope, and healing. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.

She creates in her live/work studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island with her husband, and emotional support dog, Jack and has shown work in galleries, boutiques and specialty gift shops in and around New England. She is also one of the co-curators of Pop Up in Pawtucket, which has held three one night only pop up art events featuring some of Southern New England's most prominent up and coming and established artists.

 


Artist Statement: My work is about personal transformation. Using discarded materials and adding elements (relics) created by me, my pieces speak to creating and holding onto hope, which is to me, sacred as well as rebirth and reinvention. This expression has been a very real and tangible means of living with a mental health challenge with grace, while supporting my personal wellness.

My work consists of assemblage pieces that I refer to as sculptures. Truly mixed media in nature, I try to create individually unique and meaningful pieces. In any given sculpture you may find various vintage items such as hardware, salvaged flea market finds, or simply discarded items I find in my travels. In short; elements that I feel speak to the work I am creating. I am interested most in giving new life and new meaning to objects that are no longer serving their original purpose.

 All work is created be me in my home studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. I am largely inspired by nature and the personal expression of spirituality, although my work is also informed by my experience living with and managing both a chronic illness and  mental health challenge.