Julia M. Becker
Works on Paper

VISION
What is unseen
flows to what is unseen
passing in part
through what we partly see
We stood up from all fours
far back in the light
to look
as long as there is day
and part of the night.
W.S.Merwin

This page includes drawings, paintings, collages and mixed-media combinations of these processes. Some images are of quick ink drawings, watercolor or acrylic notes from the sketchbook. Many of the individual works shown here are from larger bodies of work/installations such as Flowebb , which was some years in preparation.
The Flowebb installation was composed of many many smaller pieces, each of which may favorably be viewed as a part of the larger whole.
Some other installations, notably Compositions in Neurotopography and the Floating and Transient World, were composed almost exclusively of works on paper. Please visit those pages for a closer look!
Or to view a selection of monoprints, etchings, woodcuts and lithographs spanning over 25 years, visit the Prints page.

A Selection of works from Flowebb

Three Transformative Dieties 43.25 x 58.inches_2004

Three Transformative Dieties

43.25"H x 58"W, 2004 Acrylic on Tableau paper. Hand-printed with hand-cut stencils on both sides of the paper, on multiple papers which are laminated together. The 'frames' are reinforced with thicker layers of paper.
I will sometimes draw with eyes closed to get at an image that comes from deep within my physical knowing rather than being purely visual. These figures were drawn out this way. Then I print and paint into the image, mapping out the energy and layering the pathways.

Ceremony

Ceremony:
Three Moons. On Our Way to the Sea


35 H x 40W Materials: tissue and Joss papers laminated with acrylic medium.
Description: Blue and yellow, orange and gold thick laminated collage.
Abstracted sense of place/ceremony/landscape.





Bluehead with Teardrops

Bluehead with Teardrops


26"H x 19"W David Bergman loves this piece. That means a lot to me.





Family Pod

Family Pod





Hindu Flower Human

Hindu Flower Human

Ink, gouache and watercolor on paper




India Bowl

India Bowl

Ink, gouache and watercolor on paper (collection of Mary Papoulis)




Detail, Monkey Totem Detail of wall installation of Flowebb

Detail of wall installation (Monkey Totem)





River Woman

River Woman





Untitled - Watercolor

Untitled - watercolor





Archway (No Other Way)

Archway (No Other Way)

38.5"h x 27"w




Altered Being, Black Water- print and painting on Tableau paper

Altered Being, Black Water/Antlered Rising Earth Woman (At Time of War)

120"h x 39"w Materials: acrylic paint and medium, and melon seeds, with Joss and Tableau papers.





Altered Being, Black Water - detail

Altered Being, Black Water,detail

This is the verso side of the paper.





Grafitti Wall Goddess

Grafitti Wall Goddess

39.5 x 60", acrylic on Tableau paper with guaze




Earth Dancers

Earth Dancers

58"h x 39.5"w Materials: acrylic paint on Tableau paper. (collection of Sarah Howe-Cobb)









Felt Pulse

Felt Pulse

28"h x 41"w




Flowebb

Flowebb

35.5"h x 46.5"w, Materials: Acrylic paint and medium on tableau paper, melon seeds, laminated layers of paper (collection of Sarah Young)
Description: Pink, orange, quinocridone gold with turquoise and pthalo blue, yellow, green borders piece (started as making borders but became its own piece. It is musical - rhythmic, simple. Abstract growing shapes/patterns in horizontal lines. An EEG chart, pulse map, songlines, fluctuations of the heart, heartbeat.





A few Selections from the Sketchbooks





Phil and Linda's Garden

Phil and Linda's Garden

Ink on paper




Sitting Buddha

Sitting Buddha





The Woman Who Loves Buildings

The Woman Who Loves Buildings

(1987) ink on paper, 7 x 11"




So Many Stories

So Many Stories

(1989), ink on paper, 16 x 20"




Berlin Grocery Bag #1

Berlin Grocery Bag #1

(1985), collage and drawing, 17 x 14" This collage was a tiny fraction of the Five Packages from Europe (1985), a concentration of images and artifacts from a transcendent period of learning.




Eula Viva etching

A print from the Shiva Viva series

etching, 1999





Spring Fashions

Spring Fashions

(1990), ink on paper, 32 x 48" This piece represents a transitional period
between living in the Over the Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati
and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness in Southwest Montana.




untitled gouache painting

(untitled)

(1984) gouache on paper, 11 x 15"





















The Nuclear Buddy

(1984), mixed media on paper, 10' x 4.5'
This major collage endeavor dates from the Reagan years,
the era when the buildup of nuclear weapons became such a gigantic
burden on human society, and among others Dr. Helen Caldicott sounded the alarm
in the film Eight Minutes to Midnight.
This piece incorporates images of many nieces and nephews of the artist.
The Nuclear Buddy The Nuclear Buddy (detail) The Nuclear Buddy (detail)
Eula Summer

Eula the Viva

Eula is our superhero.