• Katherine Stanek

Julia Levitina

Julia Levitina finds extraordinary in the ordinary, drawing her inspiration from everyday life. Standard occurrences that may seem mundane to others are actually, to her, inspiring and intriguing. Julia captures these engaging and powerful moments in her sculptures so we may experience them with the same wonder that compels her to render them.

From a very young age Julia knew that she would be an artist. Growing up in Soviet, pre-computer, pre-smartphone, and largely pre-television, Ukraine, she played in mud, hung off tree limbs, made things out of whatever was on hand and drew non-stop. When she touched red clay, as a teenager in her first year of college, she knew that she was a sculptor.

A craftsman as much as a fine artist, Julia is involved in every aspect of her art making process, from making her own clay, armatures and molds to pouring bronze and metal finishing. She describes the process as lengthy, physical and extremely satisfying because the result it yields is so personal.

According to Julia:

"Sculpture begins and ends with an insight. Insight is the moment of illuminated thinking in which beauty present in ordinary existence is revealed to the imagination. That beauty, created by our bodies and beings, is what I hope to convey through my sculptures. I try to capture moments of the everyday world that are at once transient and transcendent, that may easily go unnoticed but that turn out to have universal significance when perceived. We must allow ourselves to feel awe at these insights, sculptor and viewer alike, in order to return to a richer, deeper human experience. After all, art offers us a single most direct form of communication: from one human being to another. It is the highest form of hope."

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