Julia Kunin’s Luminescent Sculpture
The Journey to Nightwood
Julia Kunin’s ceramic sculptures are composed of cast elements from the natural world such as insects, shells, and rock formations in which figure and landscape merge. Kunin’s complex baroque structures are glazed with special metallic glazes from Hungary that create luminescent, often iridescent, effects. Despite the ornamental quality of Kunin’s work, the sculptures explore the fundamental themes of beauty and decay, sensuality, nature, and death. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe. Kunin lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. WVFC recently met with the artist at the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, in Manhattan, to discover how she achieves these unusual, luminescent glazes. —Ed. (Suzanne Russell)
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