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Julianne Wallace Sterling: the digital camo

November, 2016

Julianne Wallace Sterling 2016
Julianne Wallace Sterling: "Specialist Murphy" (2016), oil and graphite on panel, 62" x 52" (photo by the artist)

In December of 2015, the Defense Department announced that all gender-based restrictions on military service would be lifted in January 2016. “Full metal equality is here, with all combat arms jobs now open to women,” says artist Julianne Wallace Sterling. Sterling’s art often explores the roles and experiences of women, and her show “the digital camo” comes out of her feeling that this change in military equality is profound. She thought about mothers, sisters, and daughters, and was also moved by Lynsey Addario’s photographic work “Women at War” depicting women serving here and abroad. Sterling then placed an ad on Craigslist for women soldiers. Two soldiers responded, and the results are worth seeing.

Julianne Wallace Sterling is a 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 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., and the East Bay Express. Ms. Sterling’s work was selected for A.I.R. Gallery’s 9th Biennial in Brooklyn in March 2011. She exhibits annually at Mercury Twenty Gallery in Oakland, CA.

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475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612
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Gallery hours: Friday + Saturday: 12-5pm and by appt