Over the last year, Julianne Wallace Sterling found herself exiting the insanity of the freeway in favor of surface streets. Many an afternoon, as she crawled ever so slowly through traffic, she became interested in the people who occupied the streets as she commuted between work and home. She began drawing from candid photos that she took along the way, dabbling in photographing the sky, sidewalks and buildings. The body of work resulting from her fleeting observations is a mixed-media love song to her commute. She has created a series of drawings on matte acetate, and layered them, the layers pushing figures and photos forward and backward in space, her viewer along for the ride as she gets closer and closer to home.
JULIANNE WALLACE STERLING is a San Francisco Bay area painter born in Southern California. She graduated from UC Riverside with a BS in Economics and pursued post-baccalaureate studies in art at San Francisco State. Her work has been exhibited at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery in Boston, Dacia Gallery in New York, A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, and Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland. She was awarded first prize at Marin Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2010 Juried Annual. Her work has been written about in the San Francisco Chronicle, art ltd, the East Bay Express, 7×7, and the Art in New England. Ms. Sterling’s work was selected for A.I.R. Gallery’s 9th Biennial in Brooklyn in March 2011.