Julie Anna Thompson

2 Op Collective has their eyes on JULIE ANNA THOMPSON! Here are some examples of her work:

Q. Tell us about your work?

A. This series is based on an Auto Shop that was on the corner of Franklin and Fell Street in San Francisco.  The building, which had become a staple in the neighborhood, was demolished in the summer of 2011. The bulk of the demolition was done in one day, much to the surprise of the people in the neighborhood. Not only is the building gone now, but its pieces, which laid in a pile waiting to be removed from the site, weren’t bound for the traditional landfill, but because of the lead paint, pressure treated lumber, and many other toxic materials used in modern building construction, the rubble was bound for a hazardous waste facility.

While this series was originally inspired by the loss of the familiar, it was realized by highlighting the ecologically harmful nature of the construction industry. The debris in each of the paintings is in limbo. No longer useful by society, the pieces are cast aside, floating in nothingness.

My familiarity with the pollutive nature of the construction industry began initially when I studied Architectural Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and later as I was exposed to it regularly during my time working at a structural engineering firm in San Francisco.

While only a portion of the first painting is based on images I took at the construction site, the rest of the paintings are composed and constructed from my head and a few loose sketches.

Q. What advice do you have for your peers?

A. Draw. Create. Find a way to put your art in everything. Keep a sketchbook with you at all times.

Q. Where can we learn more about you and your work?

A. You can find more about me and my work at my website: julieannathompson.com

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