Julie Green wanted to be a stewardess until age four, then wanted to be an artist. Fashion Plate, Green’s newest body of work, considers feminine and domestic content related to identity, security and bias. After reproducing ten facsimiles of men’s fingerprints obtained from an online search for “famous fingerprints,” Green was stymied by the absence of women. Search results for “fingerprints of women” proved nearly identical to her initial prompt: the first identified woman, Rosa Parks, appeared in 120th place. In response, Green put out a call for fingerprints of creative women and began this series of paintings on gessoed Chinet paper plates and platters. Each paper plate has a facsimile of women’s fingerprints as backstamp, the maker’s mark traditionally found on ceramics.
Growing up, there was no distinction between the family quilts and u-kiyo-e prints on the walls. An Iowa neighbor’s front yard showcased larger-than-life famous figures and a 20’ American flag, all made out of ears of colored corn. It wasn’t until college that phrases like high art and low art were tossed around, but for Green, art-making is wide open.
Julie Green 2017
Inquires: Upfor Gallery