Photography / Book Arts
The Hills series
Ollie, Ollie, in come free! series
Elastic Memory series
From Morning On series
Julianna Foster lives in Philadelphia and teaches at The University of the Arts, Photography Program and MFA Book Arts and Printmaking Department, where she received her MFA in 2006. Foster has been an artist member of Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia since 2006, where she has had Four solo exhibitions, including From Morning On, Kirkwood and most recently Swell in 2012. In addition to her individual ventures, over the years she has collaborated with various artists on projects that include creating artist multiples, artist books and series of photographs.
Recent Solo exhibitions include Swell in 2012 at Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; Wind Challenge in 2013 at Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA; Photo/Synthesis at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design; and selected works at Front Gallery, New Orleans, LA. Other projects include recent work in Conveyor Magazine, Dark Matter Issue December 2012 and Proof Magazine Photo Essay and article Spring 2013. Other exhibitions include Philadelphia Art Alliance and Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. Foster has also participated in international group exhibitions in London, England, Romania, Spain and most recently Korea.
Julianna Foster’s most recent work, Swell, depicts a fantastic event that allegedly occurred last year in a small coastal town. As the story goes, a nor’easter was forming in the Atlantic Ocean from the remnants of a Hurricane when several residents reported seeing something they had never witnessed before—and have never seen since.
Like the Kirkwood Series, Foster’s previous series of images that explored a similarly unexplained phenomenon that took place in that small suburban community, Swell operates on several levels to recount the stories of what happened through a series of photographs. These images teeter between fact and fiction, interpretation and perception, allowing for imagined scenarios and constructed realities to represent rather than illustrate these alleged experiences.
Previous work represents distinct narratives, which are informed for the most part by Foster’s interest in cinema and its relationship to photography. The images reflect an ongoing investigation into the ways that the photographic image can portray a psychological relationship between the characters in each image or series of images and of course between the viewer and the subject. By exploring how the individual image can transcend its own limits, and by association provide the opportunity for a pictorial narrative to unfold, each story forms something of a larger narrative that continues to reveal itself in a variety of forms. Whether it be a photograph, book or video, all of which rely on the fundamentals of narrative to examine and comment on the human experience.