Murano Glass - Painting - Photography - Works on Paper - Sculpture - Public Art
WORKS ON PAPER
Interview of Julie Lazarus by Sharon Benge
on the WRR show "Art Matters"
Julie Lazarus' most recent body of work includes oils on canvas and hand-blown
glass vessels created during her recent visit to Venice. Julie Lazarus returned
to Venice in July, marking her eighteenth year to work alongside master glassblowers
on Murano, the small Venetian island recognized for its hand-blown glass. The
glass studio is renowned for hand-blown creations that interpret the painter's
vision, in this case Ms. Lazarus' vibrant paintings inspired by the light and
the color of the landscape she experienced.
Although abstract, Julie Lazarus' paintings are based on her observations while
in Venice. Her work is a melding of the color and texture, the
elegance and the rutty edginess of this glorious European city. As colors
dance upon the canvas, one visualizes changes in the light, while the
overlapping shapes suggest the landscape or architecture. Mixed-media
works by Ms. Lazarus often combine painting with intaglio or wood block
printing on delicate rice paper. These works created on paper are often
mounted on canvas or mahogany panels, adding a unique physical characteristic
to her work.